Mvula Drae, has returned to the music scene after a 3-year hiatus with a brand new set of singles, we chatted

What is your purpose?

The proof of my purpose will live in my legacy. I don’t believe in one ultimate destiny, but what I strive to achieve at the moment, is to create music that does for others – what some music has done for me in both the highest and lowest points of my life. I love to emphasize and even exaggerate the extremes of everyday human experiences; I think it’s quite healthy to be able to navigate in both of these spaces.

What does music mean to you?

is this enormous lushly cushioned and devilishly thorned sanctuary that only a few people dare to play dangerous games in. And music means life, but I don’t care to elaborate on how real that sentence is to me because I’m still breathing baby, what’s good!

My music is about…

My music is a raw take on people, pleasure, and pain, whether it’s experienced through a party, a cry, through love or hate

What is your motto?

I am because we are. It’s a loose translation of the Zulu word Ubuntu. I have a tattoo of this on my forearm next to my other motto – Listen To The Lyrics, which is just a reminder about the power of words, especially when they are as carefully chosen as lyrics in a song are.

Fame is about…

I think it’s about taking responsibility for some degree of influence on environments and circumstances that one may not even be aware of and its about a reciprocal embrace between stars and stans.

Retirement will happen when…

When my body says take a break .

I don’t do…

 If you have to stroke someone’s ego for them to acknowledge or support you, you’re dealing with the wrong one. Move on.

I would love to co-write with…

Smino, Twenty One Pilots, Billie Eilish, Jesse Reyez, and J.I.D. I think this would be freakishly good. Locally, it’d be A-Reece, Craig Lucas and Kash CPT. I can’t begin express how badly I want  styles to come together  in South Africa.

Where do you go for inspiration to create?

Always near or in a studio

What is the most enjoyable aspect of your work?

Everything but the paperwork.

The song you must do during every show?

 “Show Me Out” featuring Arsonal Da Rebel. It was the single for my 2018 project called Listen To The Lyrics 2.

My heroes are…

My mom. Though we’ve had our fair share of scrapes against rock bottom, she never failed move forward with the pure intention of bettering things for us. She set me up for greatness and taught me how to set myself up for feats even greater.

My style icon is…

 In the medium of Fashion, would probably be Kid Super, and  in the medium of music, would have to be Lil Wayne.

Which living person do you admire most and why?

Mike Tyson, I think his story is incredible

What is your most treasured possession?

My courage to stand up for what’s right, the knowledge of Ubuntu, and my home studio.

Dream gig to do?

Rocking The Daisies 2023  and Cotton Fest on my  list right now.

Any nicknames?

Rain man.

If you were not a musician, what would you do?

Human behavioural psychology.

Pick five words to describe yourself?

Curious, cautious, creative, tenacious, sentimental.

Five must have songs on your Spotify playlist please

“Wu-Tang Clan – Triumph”

“Joey Badass – Devastated”

“Smino – Backstage Pass”

“Twenty One Pilots – Heathens” 

“Mvula Drae – All I Own

Greatest Movie Ever Made?

Wolf of Wall Street

What book are you reading?

 “Reconnect the String” by Emile YX. It’s about  Hip Hop Very, very cool book.

What song changed your life?

Da Special List (DSL) by Joey Badass.

Who do you love?

The person I love is someone who demonstrates morals and values akin to mine

What is your favorite Word?

Blooda or Blo. It’s like brother/bro.

Top of your bucket list?

I’d like to own the Psytrance Entertainment brand – Alien Safari. I’d love to own the brand one day and work on the team as a creative director.

Your greatest achievement?

 Conquering the corporate world and making out alive!  I’ve been a Music & Audio Branding Specialist for nearly a decade.

What do you complain about most often?


What is your biggest fear?

The Parktown Prawn.

Happiness is…

Where you find the balance between contentment, gratitude and ambition.

On stage, I tend to…

Spot the few who are distracted and try to engage and make them smile.

The best life lesson you have learned?

You get what you give. The energy you put

Do you do charity work, and if you do – what do you do?

Absolutely, I work my ass off for a charity called our government I make dozens of contributions daily in the form of taxes.

Wishes and dreams?

I dream of adding value to people’s lives.




Music Link:

Mvula Drae – Roll Low Vol.1:

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