BIO

An artist whose roots come a long way from the South African up-tempo and colorful hood, Katlehong in Johannesburg, and influences from the countryside breeze of Matatiele. He is now residing in Sweden since 2014 and has made it all the way as the 16th Independent Music Awards Nominee in the category of R&B/Soul in the year 2018, with his song Ithemba.

 

Mpho Ludidi is a South African singer-songwriter from Johannesburg. He studied popular music at Central Johannesburg College for three years and one year of sound engineering at the Academy of Sound Engineering. In South Africa, he worked as a backing vocalist, music producer and composer for other artists. When Mpho Ludidi turned 30 years, his life took a different and more dramatic turn as he fell in love with his present wife and moved to Sweden. Once in Sweden Mpho Ludidi linked up with other musicians who in different ways have complemented his music on stage, such as Lamine Cissokho. Over the years his Afro-Soul music, which reflects the Xhosa and Zulu folk music of South Africa with extracts of Blues, Afro-Jazz, Gospel and Soul music has left an impact on the hearts of the Scandinavian people.

 

As Mpho Ludidi resides in Blekinge county, he got acquainted with the organization Musik i Blekinge and their jazz/world music band, Unit who are part of many different music projects as a supporting duo. As they got more acquainted with Mpho Ludidi, they found him and his music unique to the Swedish music culture and produced his first released Maxi-single, Ithemba in the year 2016 as part of future music projects. In the year 2017, he released his latest single titled, Izibongo (Praises); A song that celebrates the strength and love of South African women.

 

In Sweden, other artists have come to recognize and value his singing voice and skill in songwriting and music composition. He has, therefore, had the pleasure of being featured in various music projects, such as Sebastian Stakset's album, Genom Vatten Och Eld on the song, Son Of God.

 

This year, 2018 Mpho Ludidi trio; comprised of Deodato Siquir on drums and Lars Winberg on electric bass were touring in Denmark. In the fall, Mpho did a school tour together with Adée, and Unit. He is currently working on his Gospel album, which is a heartfelt project as Mpho Ludidi is a man of faith. He has long desired to bring to the Gospel genre a recording that reflects faith, hope, and love with a touch of his Afro-Soul.