Umlilo Biography

Last Updated on September 8, 2018 by mybiohub


Umlilo is South Africa female singer whos Genre is Future kwaa. She is a recording artiste signed to Shades of Kwaai Records label. Umlilo is a performance artist and producer;s signature sound dubbed ‘future kwaai’ explores and pushes the boundaries of electronic alt-pop music in contemporary South Africa and has been a regular fixture in the international online music community.

Together with his avant-garde aesthetic, Umlilo’s music is an eclectic mix of booty popping post kwaito sounds with lush dark compositions that have been heard around a number of Cape Town venues making people gag at the extravaganza of it all. 

The debut single Living Dangerously off of Umlilo’s debut EP ‘Shades of Kwaai’ was named one of Rolling Stone SA Magazine’s hottest singles of the month for May 2013, He has been playlisted
on radio stations all over the world from 5fm in SA to New York and
France and music blog Don’t Party named him as one of the Artist to
Watch for 2014.

Umlilo has given a TED x Talk titled ‘The Art of Standing Out’ and continues to unleash his unique take on contemporary South African pop culture. His sophomore EP Aluta was featured in the Seismographic Sounds book launched in Europe and the UK.

The first single off the EP, Magic Man was directed by Jasyn Howes and exhibited as part of Vitra Design Museum’s travelling exhibition titled “Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design”. It has travelled all over Europe including an installations in Germany to Bilbao, Barcelona. His second single Chain Gang was nominated for 6 Bokeh Fashion Film Awards, his third single and music video Reciprocity is currently being exhibited in Brazil.
6 Mercedez Benz Bokeh Fashion Award nomination


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