A new face to Afro-Soul, we sit down with Lungi the songstress!
Lungi a sensational musician like you really brings magic to a room, where did it all begin for you?
I started singing at a really young age like most singers, I’d say 3 or 4 years old. My parents were both Music lovers and our home was always filled with music! Till today I get serious flashbacks when I hear some of my dad’s favourite songs.
Who were your early musical influences and who do you look up to now?
My parents were massive fans of Soul music and RnB so people like Whitney Houston and Peabo Bryson immediately come to mind and I enjoy their music till date! At this stage of my life I celebrate other great African artists like Zonke Dikana and Tiwa Savage amongst others, they’re really flying the African flag high and tell present day African stories.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
My life,my thoughts, my dreams, other people’s shared experiences… life in general. Being alive really is a beautiful thing and I’m constantly discovering new things from life.
What has been your greatest adversity in pursuing your musical career, and what has that taught you?
I will definitely say learning to trust the process, a lot of times when you are starting out you are tempted to think you can skip certain steps and still get a good end result, I’ve come to learn that it’s very important to respect the process because that is really where you build the character you need to sustain yourself in the industry.
What is your niche and what can an audience member expect from your live performance?
I would definitely call myself an Afro-soul musician, I appreciate jazz music a great deal so I often find myself infusing jazz elements into my performances. I believe I’m a well rounded performer and I definitely have something for everyone, from the young child to the mature crowd that miss the “golden oldies”.
What does a typical day in Lungi’s life look like?
I work from home most days and no two days are ever the same! I dedicate my mornings to answering emails and making calls as well as going to the gym, I usually like to have meetings around midday if possible so that leaves my afternoons for rehearsals or filling in my cake orders (oh yes I am also a baker J). My week is actually pretty skewed since Monday and Tuesday are my version of most people’s Friday and Saturday. My weekends ? Let’s just say that I’m always on my toes on weekends!
What has been your greatest accolade thus far?
I would definitely say finishing my very first album and volunteering my skills teaching Music to children in township schools. The album was such a huge learning curve and I grew so much as a person and musician too.
If you could pick one song in the entire world that best describes your essence, what would it be?
It would have to be Golden by Jill Scott!
What is the silliest thing people should never know about you?
I will try anything at least once, seriously… anything, LOL!
What future projects/performances should we look forward to?
I am really looking forward to shooting and releasing my very first music video for my song ‘Powerful Woman’ it is a song I wrote to celebrate every kind of woman. I’m also looking forward to growing my Music Teaching Initiative to reach as many children as I can, it is so important to share the little that we know to add to someone’s life and in turn adding to our own.
How can people get in contact with you?
ITUNES: Lungi ‘the truth’
My Social Media Handles:
FB: Lungelo Motaung
Any inquiries can be made to
081 4030 710
By: Sizi Keke (Content Producer)