East London-born Asanda Lusaseni Mvana, known as Msaki, is one of the most loved singer/songwriters in South Africa.
The artist joined Azania Mosaka in studio for this week's 702 Unplugged to share more about the work that has gone into her craft and her latest single At Stake.
Speaking on the heartbreak behind the song, Mvana says the lyrics came about as a result of the scourge of gender-based violence in South Africa, more especially after Uyinene Mrwetyana's death.
We don't always want to be afraid, so what does that coping look like? And the only way that I could search for myself was through this song.— Msaki, Singer/Songwriter
It is an offering, a love song to these strong women that have given me energy when I didn't have it, that have given me encouragement when I didn't have it. People were picking up each other even in that week... that is community I celebrate in that song towards the end.— Msaki, Singer/Songwriter
At first it is to pay homage to the wound and to say look, this is painful. We are burning...we are on fire here in this country, as women. I had to say that for myself, for my own heart to be able to start thinking about moving on.— Msaki, Singer/Songwriter
Click on the link below to hear the audio version of the interview and performance....