Msaki says SA audiences are the best
South African audiences who sometimes cry, clap and sing along to artists’ live performances are spoiling musicians with their emotional reactions.
This, as European audiences are more reserved and tend to process live performances internally. This is according to East London-born songbird, Asanda Mvana, who spent two months touring Europe in July and August.
Msaki, as Mvana is affectionately known in the music industry, said she feeds off the energy of SA audiences.
The independent artist performed in the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Belgium and five other European countries where she not only performed at festivals, but also collaborated with artists and wrote songs for European artists in Berlin. So, what is the difference between SA and EU audiences?
“South Africans are expressive and generous with their emotions. They sing along, clap, sing and cry. It’s easy to feed off their energy.
“In my two month-long Euro summer tour I noticed the audience there processed things more internally. I was surprised when all my CDs were being sold out and the warm feedback after shows, because during the performance people had been dead still staring at me, so I thought they were bored. South Africans spoiled me,” Msaki said.
The Gibel’ inkwenkwezi hitmaker has worked on many collaborations with South African artists such as Blomzit Avenue, Mobi Dixon, Kid X, Black Motion, Revolution and many others. She said she does not like to box her sound and limit it to one genre. Over the years it has evolved but now she says she is focusing a lot on electronic dance music.
As an independent artist, Msaki advises other independent artists to work more on collaborations as they work well in giving independent artists a chance to be recognised on a national platform.
She said she was working on a second album but is in no rush to complete the album.
For her European tour, Msaki said she had received a lot of support, especially from Buffalo City Metro.
“I cannot forget to thank the Buffalo City mayoral office which funded my trip together with my band to the Euro tour and thank them for allowing me to be an ambassador for the Buffalo City,” she said...