Mpho Ludidi is an Afro-Soul singer-songwriter whose roots come from the South African up-tempo and musically colorful hood, Katlehong, in Johannesburg, where he first got introduced to Soul and Jazz music; and influences from the calm countryside of Matatiele where he picked up his African vocals.
Ludidi's Afro-Soul music reflects the Xhosa and Zulu folk music of South Africa with influence from Afro-Jazz, Gospel, and Soul music. Musicians such as Richard Bona, Lizz Wright, Boby McFerrin, Shaluza Max, Frank McComb, and Bheki Khoza have influenced Mpho's approach and reception to music.
He studied Popular Music at Central Johannesburg College for three years. Although he majored in guitar, he gained confidence among the teachers as a backing vocalist, which made him one of the top two students to be picked for backing one of the prominent Afro-Jazz artists in South Africa, Gloria Bosman. In South Africa, he worked as a backing vocalist for Dumza Maswana, music producer and co-songwriter for Nani Dubula, and the South African singer-songwriter and actress Miranda Ntshangase.
In 2014, Mpho Ludidi’s life took an unexpected turn when he met and fell in love with a Scandinavian woman, whom he now is married to and lives together within Sweden.
Since Mpho Ludidi lived in Blekinge county, he was introduced to Musik i Blekinge and their Jazz/World music Duo, Unit, who are part of different music projects. Musik i Blekinge produced Mpho's first released Maxi-single, Ithemba, in 2016, a Pop/Soul-CD with Sting and Richard Bona kind of feel as part of a planned music project. In the year 2017, he released his single titled Izibongo (Praises); A song that celebrates South African women's strength and love in an Afro-Jazz style, and bringing in a South African team of musicians such as bass player and producer Anthony Koopman, Thato Tswai on drums, Peter Masilela on percussion and Gabriel Mawande Stuurman on keys.
Not only in Scandinavia has his music been well-received. In the year 2018, he was nominated for the 16th Independent Music Awards in New York in the category of R&B/Soul, with his song Ithemba. The same year one of the world’s greatest music magazines, RollingStone India, acknowledged Mpho Ludidi’s performance to be one of the ten best finds at the Live At Heart festival.
In Sweden, other artists recognize and value his singing voice and excellent skills in songwriting. Therefore, he has enjoyed being featured in various music projects, one of them being Sebastian Stakset's album titled Genom vatten och eld on the song, Son of God year 2018.
In the year 2019, Mpho released his single, As One; a blend of Afro-Soul and pop that reminds of Tracy Chapman’s early music's simplicity and seriousness. The recording of As One was an urgent response to the ignorance and violence in South Africa, and with a sincere voice, Mpho Ludidi sings to inspire an atmosphere of love and forgiveness.
In 2019, he continued touring in schools around Blekinge and Kalmar county with the band, Unit, and Hip-hop/Soul singer Adée. Mpho Ludidi is currently working on his Gospel album (Love Defined), which will express his awareness of God's love for himself and the world.
With the year 2020 being a challenging one for musicians, Mpho set some time to be with his family and write more music at his home and also took part in online concerts and festivals such as Live At Heart Örobro, Kansai Music Conference, home online concerts through NBV, Kalmar Sommarstudion, and Scenkanalen Blekinge and more.
This year, Mpho released a single, Sijabulile, as part of a school project with Unit and Pernilla Bjelkenbrant. This version of Sijabulile explores a more electronic sound with the sense of Pat Metheny Group. The first version of Sijabulile can be heard on Nani Dubula's EP on Sound Cloud and was produced by Mpho Ludidi in South Africa on his first-ever project as a music producer.