Intergalactic shape-shifting kwaai diva Umlilo is a genre and gender bending multi-disciplinary artist who has enjoyed over 100 000 streams on digital media platforms. The queer performer/music producer’s signature sound dubbed ‘afro future kwaai’ explores and pushes the boundaries of electronic kwaito, punk, alt-pop, gqom, house, hip hop and dance music rooted in contemporary South Africa and has been a regular fixture in the international music community. The mistress of sizzle combines an avant-garde sound and aesthetic with technology, dance, film and fashion design.
They have released two acclaimed visual EP’s that have been playlisted worldwide and featured across film, art, literature, fashion and music platforms. The gender bending inferno has amassed thousands of views/listens on online platforms such as Youtube, Apple Music, Spotify and many others and completed two international tours in Europe and South America.
Umlilo released two EP’s ‘Shades of Kwaai’ and ‘Aluta’ available on Apple Music, Amazon, and most online music platforms. The EPs have been playlisted all over the world in countries such as Germany, Australia, Canada, Japan, France, and USA. 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 and featured in film While You Weren't Looking.
Magic Man, the first single off Aluta with a music video directed by Jasyn Howes debuted as part of Vitra Design Museum's traveling exhibition titled "Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design". It traveled all over Europe from Germany, Switzerland to Bilbao, Barcelona. It is also featured in a worldwide film exhibition and coffee table book "Seismographic Sounds: Visions of a New World".and 'Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache' by Martin Ashton.