Hailing from the Eastern Cape in South Africa, her music offering has stretched mainstream boundaries landing the In diefolk genre to new ears. She debuted her EP titled Nalithemba (Here’s the Hope) in 2013 and this was swiftly followed by her sophomore project and breakout album Zaneliza (Let it Rain) which gained her a South African Music Award (SAMA) nomination in 2016 and the lead single from the project, Imfama Ziyabona topped the charts of the biggest commercial radio station in South Africa for 19 weeks. With parallel exposure on other stations, the nation grew a natural curiosity about her acute sound and nocturnal nature to popularity, only stepping to the limelight to share meaningful work. Msaki is a deeply conscious musician whose lyricism is dense with social meaning and an equal ability to navigate human vulnerability.
In 2017, she received a Standard Bank Standing Ovation Award for her works staged at the acclaimed National Arts Festival. In the same year, she won the Gold Award at the Cape Town Fringe. The industry has opened its chest to her unique voice and song writing prowess.
Over the years, the talented songstress has worked with various industry giants such as Black Coffee (earning another SAMA nomination), Black Motion, Mobi Dixon, Kid X and Revolution who are veterans in the South African house music genre with a knack for featuring the best vocals over their sublime beats. Her collaborations have transcended the national borders with Congo’s Tresor on a song called Sondela. Her hit song with trailblazer Prince Kaybee ‘Fetch Your Life’ quickly became a popular culture anthem becoming the most played song on South African radio with 3.1 billion impressions in 2019.
Her list of collaborations shows a clear pattern in carving her space as a sought-after vocalist for house and dance music in South Africa. The alternative Indie roots remain her essence and Msaki has elevated this experience through her live performances with The Golden Circle and her duo project with Neo Muyanga. This has bloomed into performances with orchestras across the globe proving there is a ceilinglessness to her range.
Her next work is an album of protest and love songs inadvertently threading the country’s shared struggle with inequality in all forms.