Mlindo goes golden with Emakhaya

De­but soul­ful al­bum ex­ceeds ex­pec­ta­tions

Sowetan - - Time Out Music - By Em­manuel Tjiya

Mlindo The Vo­cal­ist has had a big and suc­cess­ful year that earns him the ti­tle of mu­sic’s big­gest break-out solo act this year.

Re­leased in Septem­ber, his de­but al­bum Emakhaya, with hot tracks such as Ma­cala and Imoto as well as guest ap­pear­ances by Kwesta and Sjava just went gold.

Real name Lin­dokuhle Magedezi, the 23year-old crooner cites his big­gest ac­com­plish­ment this year as buy­ing his mom a town­house in KwaZulu-Natal.

“My mom is one of those hard­core ru­ral peo­ple that just want to see their yard, so she’s still in dis­be­lief. But she’s re­ally happy be­cause now they are closer to schools and all of that,” Mlindo says.

“The al­bum is in­spired by a lot of things such as my granny and the sto­ries she used to tell me. Sit­u­a­tions that I saw with my un­cles grow­ing up with their love lives, I drew in­spi­ra­tion from that as well. Problems that the youth is fac­ing.”

Mlindo was dis­cov­ered by DJ Mapho­risa on the in­ter­net in Fe­bru­ary.

To­gether with his younger brother on key­board, they used to re­lease cov­ers of hit songs.

Be­fore he knew it he was in stu­dio record­ing his smash hit AmaB­lesser and the rest is his­tory.

“I al­ways had hopes that some­day some­one will recog­nise me, but I never thought it would be on this level. This has been way over my ex­pec­ta­tions,” he says. Mlindo has 13 sib­lings from his fa­ther’s side and four from his mother’s side. He started mak­ing mu­sic at age 16. Be­fore his mu­sic break­through he was about to ob­tain his Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion de­gree from the Univer­sity of Zu­l­u­land. “I dropped out this year and was do­ing my fi­nal year. I wouldn’t go back to com­plete it, but I will study some­thing else. I re­ally didn’t like it. It was some­thing that my par­ents forced me to do,” he shares. Mlindo’s mu­si­cal in­spi­ra­tions are Simphiwe Dana and The Soil.

He would like to col­lab­o­rate with lo­cal rap­per Riky Rick and Zim­bab­wean great Oliver Mtukudzi. Hav­ing graced so many stages in a short time, from Idols SA to DStv Mzansi View­ers’ Choice Awards, he will next like to per­form at the Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Jazz Fes­ti­val. When asked about his ro­man­tic life, he de­scribes it as “com­pli­cated”, like a Face­book re­la­tion­ship sta­tus. He is the fa­ther of a three-yearold daugh­ter. “I’m not happy with my re­la­tion­ship with her be­cause I’m on the road a lot, try­ing to make sure she has a bet­ter life than me. I don’t spend much time with her and I’m not proud of that,” he says.

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Mlindo per­forms dur­ing the DStv Mzansi Viewer’s Choice Awards at the Sand­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Sand­ton. The event fea­tures as one of the main high­lights for star’s ris­ing for­tunes.

Mlindo The Vo­cal­ist

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