Zambian-born, Botswana-raised, and now Johannesburg-based, Moonga K., has just released a beautiful soul single where he addresses his trauma as a black man in this world. The melody came to him on the bus, on his way to the studio, and in a moment’s time, the song was ready.
In this strange year of 2021 we are also experiencing a sad, yet very important to remember, anniversary of the horrible Tulsa Massacre. Moonga K. explains in a recent interview how he felt triggered and angry after watching a documentary about the events in Tulsa.
“Just like any showcase of black trauma that every black person engages with, I was filled with rage and sadness, and I was extremely triggered. I had a studio session the day after with Greg, and on the bus ride to the studio, I was hit with the chorus melody and it was relentlessly playing in my head so I buried myself in my hoodie to record a voice memo just in case I wouldn’t forget. As soon as I got to the studio, I sent Greg the recording and while he was coming up with the drum loop, I just kept writing and writing, and in thirty minutes the entire song was written.”
In recent years Moonga K. has been coming to terms with his own growth as a young black man and he feels compelled to explore that experience through his music. In a recent TV interview the young artist also spoke about how important it is for him to be a part of eradicating gender-based violence and he now has a 20.000-word dissertation to prove his commitment.
Check out the single, black, free & beautiful below which is out now on all platforms.
Cover photo by Hylton Boucher (photo retrieved from Moonga K.’s Facebook page).
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