Hello Moonga K, it’s so awesome to be chatting to you. How are you doing?
Hi there! Thank you so much for the opportunity. I’m all good and I hope you are, too.
Let’s start with a quick 101 on who Moonga K. is? Where in SA/Africa are you from and how did you get started in the music scene?
I’m a 22-year-old Alternative Soul singer-songwriter originally from Zambia, raised in Botswana and for the past four years I’ve been based in Jo’burg. I’ve been singing since I was 6 and started performing from the age of 9 at talent shows and curated my own shows with friends back in Botswana. I pursued music in Jo’burg sometime in 2016. I was working a few music festivals prior and built some networking with the people I worked for and through that I gained confidence and knowledge on how to get involved in shows around the city. I went from playing my first show at Sofar Sounds to opening the main stage at Rocking the Daisies within a year by just asking a lot of questions!
Please would you introduce the band to us also 😀
For Park Acoustics, we’ll be a three-piece with myself, Sandi Ncube who’ll be playing guitar and doing backing vocals, and Kieran Woolmington, who’ll be on the bass. They’re really great friends and musical colleagues of mine that I always have a good time performing with.
What are some of your musical influences?
Frank Ocean is my all-time favourite! He got me into songwriting, truly. Nick Hakim, Jazmine Sullivan, Aaliyah, Craig David, D’Angelo and Cocaine 80’s are some artists that have influenced the kind of music I make today.
Do you have any major highlights in your musical career thus far?
Definitely playing the main stage of Rocking the Daisies in 2017. That is the biggest stage I’ve ever played on and it was so much fun. Also, being Apple Music’s Artist of the Month was such an honour. A lot of people found my music through their platform and I am so grateful.
What are your thoughts of our local music scene at the moment?
I think there’s a plethora of sounds and artistry being displayed by different kinds of people but not enough platforms for these individuals or groups to showcase themselves but also at the same time, young people are creating their own platforms and making spaces for their sounds to be heard. I think that needs to be celebrated more but the music scene has been so kind to me from the beginning and I’ll never take that for granted.
Any acts/bands/artists that you think need a special mention?
I discovered Seba Kaapstad a few months ago and they released their second album, Thina, a while back and it’s so beautiful. Lyrically, melodically and production-wise, it’s brilliant and I hope more people get into them and support.
You will be playing at Park Acoustics this month, alongside such an incredible line-up. Are you excited for the gig? What can we expect from your set?
I am incredibly excited! I’ve been wanting to play Park Acoustics for a long time and this being my first time to do so on such a legendary line-up is mad. I’m bringing lots of colourful props to the stage and new music. My second EP, an ode to growth, will be released later this year so we’re going to perform some material off of it live for the first time so, I’m really gassed about that!
Anything else you currently working on that we may be interested in?
Besides my upcoming EP, I’m also working on visuals for it with really talented cinematographers. I’m also curating a compilation album with a few independent artist friends of mine and that will be released later in the year as well.
Where can people follow you on Social Media?
Thanks for your time.
Thank you again for the opportunity. See you at the show!