Manu WorldStar popped up on our radar in 2017 after releasing his first single, "Yewen". He then gave us "#Shades" and before we knew it, the rising hip-hop star gave us one of the biggest Afro-fusion songs of 2018, "Nalingi".
The song didn’t just make it onto radio stations in South Africa, the catchy “Nalingi yooo mama mama” lyrics were heard across the world. The song earned its No 1 spot on more than 10 stations, including the YFM Bomb Chart, Madibaz Radio Hip Hop Chart, 5FM Pop Chart and BBC1Xtra’s DNA Top 5 chart in the UK. It went on to reach 1 million streams worldwide.
Commenting on the success of "Nalingi", he said: “I feel very blessed. Not everyone gets to start on such a high note. I’d like to thank my team.
“God has played a major role in this and I can only be grateful. From the moment I heard the beat for "Nalingi", I knew this song was going to change my life.”
He said the song became a success because it is relatable. “You think it’s such a huge song because it feels like home, anywhere you are. The content is relatable.