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Exclusive Interview - LIINDOR: Unveiling the Soulful Revolution of Alternative R&B in South Africa

Updated: Jul 12, 2023

Image Credit: Gift Dick Banda

In the sprawling arena of alternative R&B, where young, daring musicians are redefining the auditory landscape, a new artist who has distinct musical passions has emerged. Lindokuhle Dlomo, affectionately known as LIINDOR, whose debut opus, "IS'QALO: THE BEGINNING," was released on June 23, 2023, causing a stir. This exceptional 6-track body of work serves as a monument to LIINDOR's upward mobility within the South African music scene by blending R&B, Kwaito, and Hip-hop in a genre-bending soundscape aptly terms "African Trap Soul" that pushes boundaries and enthralls the senses.

LIINDOR's artistic style embodies versatility, effortlessly traversing diverse genres while finding his sanctuary in the melodic aforementioned intertwining soundscapes coupled with LIINDOR's velvety vocals and poetic lyricism delivered predominantly in his native tongue, isiZulu. LIINDOR embarks on a soul-stirring exploration of life and loves through his artistry, inviting listeners into an immersive experience that resonates profoundly personally.

LIINDOR's musical tapestry is interwoven with influences from both local and international artists. Drawing inspiration from the pinnacle of South African Hip-Hop in 2014, epitomized by Cashtime Fam, he pays homage to those who have shaped the musical landscape of his home country. Yet, his creative spirit is not confined by geographical boundaries, as he draws inspiration from movements such as the African Trap Movement and South Africa’s adaptation of The Wrecking Crew. It is a testament to his belief in the power of family, reflected in his admiration for YMCMB (Young Money Cash Money Billionaires).

LIINDOR offers profound insights into his creative process, inspirations, and aspirations in this intimate, exclusive interview. As a self-taught musician, his journey began with the guidance of his older brother and the vast resources available on YouTube, setting the stage for his artistic ascent. While he stands on the precipice of a career laden with potential achievements, LIINDOR humbly acknowledges that his debut opus, "IS'QALO: THE BEGINNING," signals the commencement of a boundless odyssey. With aspirations of gracing global stages such as Coachella, he embodies an unwavering hunger for artistic growth and an insatiable desire to leave an indelible mark on the world.

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Please introduce yourself to us. Who are you, and what do you do?

My name is Lindokuhle Dlomo, professionally known as LIINDOR, and I produce, write, and record music. I was born in Kwa-Zulu Natal and moved to Johannesburg with my parents when I was 12. This was also the year I got introduced to music.

How were you introduced into your creative medium of expression? Why do you do what you do?

I grew up in a family that loved playing different kinds of music in the house. My dad was an avid Ballad listener. My mom loved her Gospel. I credit my older brother for introducing me to Hip-hop, but most importantly, to FL Studio. At age 12 is when I started listening to music differently, more attentively. The intention was to create. Music became my outlet.

How would you describe your artistic style and medium?

I'm versatile. I can go from one genre to another, but my safety net and habitat are 'African Trap Soul.' This is a mixture of R&B, Hip-hop, and Trap, and I say African because I deliver my lyrics predominantly in my home language, which is isiZulu.

Exec Producers: @mfanao_mo@m0dise_

Talent: @liindoreal

Original Score: @wyve_sa

Management@ @motjm_

What themes or concepts do you explore in your artwork?

Life and love, but mostly love.

Have you received any formal art education or training?

No, I’m a self-taught musician. I started making beats with the help of my older brother and YouTube.

Do you have any notable achievements or awards in your artistic career?

As the name of my EP suggests, this is the beginning. This is my official debut. I look forward to achieving so much; performing on a global stage like Coachella is one of them.

Are there any specific artists or movements that have influenced your work?

I listen a lot to South African artists. I was inspired by the peak of SA Hip-Hop around 2014. Cashtime Fam is right up there. I also draw a lot from guys like the African Trap Movement and The Wrecking Crew. Internationally, YMCMB. You can tell that I'm big on family.

Are there any specific projects or collaborations that have been particularly meaningful to you?

I can say 'Made in Township,' my second mixtape is where I started making 'real' music. The recognition from the people around me gave me the confidence I have today to push and continue to make music. I'm thankful for that project because I started believing in myself as a musician and a person. It's also the reason why I have my team. My latest offering, 'IS'QALO: THE BEGINNING,' my professional debut, is also very close to me. I hardly make music from my perspective, but I did with this one.

How do you hope your artwork resonates with viewers or impacts the world?

I call my friends my brothers because I believe in family. With this artwork, I want people to feel like they are understood. Whether it's with things pertaining to the heart, the mind, or life in general.

Are there any upcoming exhibitions/performances/events, or projects you're excited about?

The team and I are releasing a motion picture pretty soon. It's a manifesto of my EP. I worked with the incredible Katlego Mavundla, who directed and shot it, along with the talented Tsepo Letsela. A big shout out to my team at Mo' Than Just Music, Modise Sebothoma, and Moorosi Mbele. We are working on so much. I can't wait to share it and more with the world.


Connect With LIINDOR

Instagram: @liindoreal


YouTube: @liindor7613


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