I recently had the privilege of shooting a CD cover for an artist called Mlu, represented by Mozboy Music. The album is called This Is Moment. These are some of the photos submitted for the album, I'm excited to see the final artwork!
Mozboy Music was kind enough to supply me with a short bio on Mlu, as well as a track to whet your appetites:
Born in South Africa (Durban) in a traditionally rich Zulu heritage, Mlungisi was raised by a family highly influenced in Gospel Music.
His professional journey in the music industry, started when he recorded a live album with Joyous Celebration 2, and was a featured soloist. This is South Africa's largest Choir and a multiple award-winning project at the South African Music Awards (SAMA Awards).
He gained a lot of experience within the recording industry while working in studio sessions and as a backing singer for many internationally award-winning projects. He also performed live with a number of platinum selling South African artists around this time, such as Sibongile Khumalo, Rebecca Malope, Vuyo Mokoena. Mlungisi then worked with internationally acclaimed songstress "Miriam Makeba" (aka Mama Africa). As they toured around Europe and America, influences of Afro music and Western sounds were combined, which is evident in Mlus own sound. "It was through this experience that I learnt a lot about the rest of the world. I learnt that in music there are no boundaries, and realized that 'the world is waiting’ and we ought to be ready and take charge to inspire."
Mlungisi of Umlazi came to Australia as an original cast member of the Broadway musical production of the Lion King in 2003. Here he fulfilled a role as cast ensemble and featured soloist. "I had a beautifully enriching and developing experience."
Mlu moved to London in 2007. Here he had the opportunity to perform the lead in Jason Robert Brown's 'Songs For A New World' in the West End, and as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Mlu got amazing reviews from mesmerized fans in all local papers in Scotland and was made to believe once more, "the world really is waiting."
Mlu has worked with a number of different producers around the world, thus ensuring a completely unique variety of textures. "Sydney Festival 2010 with AR Rahman, in front of 80 000 people, is my highlight to date": http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJSGV7TSdUU&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL90009FE7AFB257B4
Other remarkable producers he worked with, includes the likes of Alexis Faku, Travis Cherry, and PJ Morton (a Grammy award winning producer to: India Arie, Jagged Edge, Jermaine Dupree, Monica)
Mlu has achieved global success with his album "Music, Lovan, Unity". He has taken his music to a new level within the RnB, Soul and House Music communities around the world. His profile continues to grow in South Africa, Australia, Germany, France, the UK and the US. His first single from the album was "Do you Right" and has been a constant addition to the RnB radio airplay lists for the past 2 years, and 2nd single "Wasn't here" reached top 10 in the UK SoulCharts!!!
Prepare to be captured by the pure talent as Mlu and Mozboy Music put together a new Soulful House Album (This Is Moment) tentative release for September 2013. Mlu is a consummate performer and shares his music world with everyone. God Bless.