She describes her music as being futuristic alternate of RnB as she tends to infuse soulful elements into whatever genre or beat she works on. Aphelele Mnyango’s sound is definitely fresh with its jazzy-yet-soulful track with a touch of Indie and Afropop.


She is better known by her fans  as Manala, seeing her performing at Macanudo Lounge in Sandton, the 23 year old’s performance came natural as she infused her jazzy sound with a bit of Afropop.

“I would describe my music/sound as being futuristic alternate RnB. I tend to infuse soulful elements into whatever genre or beat I work on,” she said.

She was born in Bisho, outside King William’s Town, from a family who enjoys music she says her late father Senzo Mnyango was a radio DJ in the former Ciskei and he loved playing music in their home.

“At the age of three, we moved to Johannesburg “The City of Gold”, where I was raised”, she said.

She added: “The love of music comes from my father, Zolisa ‘Senzol’ Mnyango, who was one of the first radio djs to grace the airwaves of the Eastern Cape,”

It was in 2014 when Ma Nala went to California, Los Angeles at The California College of Music where she studied what she loves, music.

“This is where I learnt a lot about the music business & theory etc. and my studying experience helped with the confidence I have today as an artist in terms of believing in my passion and God-given talent,” she said.

Asking her if she uses her Xhosa roots in her music she said as a proud Xhosa woman, she   recently started incorporating her Xhosa roots into her music.

“It all began with my second single “SOZE” which I wrote to bring awareness against women abuse. The chorus of the song is in isiXhosa, which made it easier for a larger scale of the population to connect with it”, she explained.

Ma nala admits that having a brother who is a renowned musician, songwriter and producer, Anati is a true blessing because she is always protected with each step she takes.

“He’s been through the steps that I’m currently taking and they’ve gotten him to where he is. So I’m in safe hands,”

She added: “My mother is the best support system I could have ever prayed for because she understands hardships and the ways of this industry,”

Explaining about her single “Forever” featuring Gemini Major, Manala says it is a love song, a definite summer jam and a good vibe.

“It’s about meeting somebody who reminds you about a sweet melody you can’t keep out of your head so you hope for “Forever”, she said.

With the positive attitude and passion that she has, there is no doubt that Manala will gain more radio play and performances that she is hoping for.

“My future plans are to drop a video for, “Forever” to end off 2018 and album in 2019,”


By Zingiswa Mndayi