Mlindo doesn’t fol­low rules

The Sunday Independent - - METRO - AMANDA MALIBA | @Aman­daMal­iba

MLINDO the vo­cal­ist is keep­ing it real in his de­but al­bum – a de­par­ture from the cover ver­sions he started out with.

The 23-year-old says his al­bum ti­tled Emakhaya does not fol­low any mu­si­cal rules but is aimed at touch­ing the soul.

“Rules are good but not when it comes to cre­ativ­ity.

“That is why my creative jour­ney has been one that de­fies what is ac­cept­able when record­ing an al­bum; the flow of the songs to the cy­cle of record­ing mu­sic… I just sang from the heart and cre­ated magic,” says the vo­cal­ist.

Through his al­bum, Mlindo (real name Lin­dokuhle Mgedezi) takes a jour­ney to his roots in KwaZulu-Natal and the East­ern Cape.

“The feel­ing of the al­bum it­self is home. A feel­ing where you get to for­get about all of Jozi’s is­sues and just be trans­ported back to the feel­ing of whole­ness, a feel­ing of home.

“To achieve this, I took the ad­vice that I got from Bab’ Vusi Mahlasela in 2009,” says Mlindo.

“I re­mem­ber ask­ing him the se­cret to mak­ing it in the mu­sic in­dus­try and he pointed out that the prob­lem with us, the kids of to­day, (is that) our mu­sic does not have cul­ture. We sing, but our songs do not re­flect where we come from.”

The AmaB­lesser hit­maker can­not help but laugh at the irony of his cho­sen path of be­ing on a pub­lic plat­form, de­spite his shy na­ture.

“I come from a very mu­si­cal fam­ily. So sing­ing wasn’t such a big deal to us and was noth­ing glam­orous.

“In­stead one was al­ways en­cour­aged to for­get about mu­sic and just get a job like nor­mal peo­ple,” he says be­tween gig­gles.

“But the dream was too ur­gent within me. I knew what I wanted to do and that was to sing,” he adds.

Mlindo’s al­bum fea­tures maskandi mu­sic le­gends such as Shwi Nomtekhala of Ngafa fame.

“These are mu­si­cians that I have a lot of re­spect for and I fea­tured them to hon­our their in­flu­ence in my mu­si­cal jour­ney.

“The first song I pro­duced in 2009 was ti­tled Len­goma, which is also in­cluded in the al­bum.

“And all I speak about is my past ex­pe­ri­ence, things that are around me – love and the fun of the world.

“Like I said, I don’t fol­low much in the way of mu­si­cal rules and, since this is my first al­bum, I wanted it to be as free and real as ever.”

| NH­LANHLA PHILLIPS African News Agency (ANA)

Lin­dokuhle ‘Mlindo’ Mgedezi re­leased his de­but al­bum ‘Emakhaya’ this week. DJ Mapho­risa dis­cov­ered him and asked to team up with him.

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