Umlilo

OneBeat 2018 Fellow

Singer-Songwriter

Johannesburg, South Africa

Intergalactic shape-shifting diva Umlilo is a genre and gender bending multi-disciplinary artist. The Johannesburg-based queer performer and music producers’ signature “future kwaai” sound explores and pushes the boundaries of electronic kwaito, and alt-pop music in contemporary South Africa. Umlilo has been profiled by I-D, BBC, OkayAfrica and others, has released two acclaimed visual EPs and performed across Asia, Europe and North America. Recently, they were also invited to speak at two TEDx conferences. Outspoken about their struggle to build an LGBTI artistic community in South African, Umlilo’s transgressive artistic output bridges gaps between the worlds of avant pop, technology, dance, film and fashion design.