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 realised 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 mesmerised fans in all local papers in Scotland and was made to believe once more, “the world really is waiting.”
Mlu has just finished his debut album (Music Lovan Unity), in which he worked with a number of different producers around the world, thus ensuring a completely unique variety of textures, that includes the likes of PJ Morton (a Grammy award winning producer to: India Arie, Jagged Edge, Jermain Dupree, Monica).
In 2009 MLU signed a global publishing, recording and distribution agreement with Blue Pie Records. Mlu and Blue Pie set out on taking “Music, Lovan, Unity” to the four corners of the globe. Mlu constantly toured Australia and Africa from 2009 to 2011, gathering many new fans along the way and showering his followers with his musical love.
Mlu has achieved global success with his new album “Music, Lovan, Unity”. He has taken his music to a new level within the RnB, Soul and Afro Music communities around the world. His profile continues to grow in South Africa, Australia, Germany, France and the UK. 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. In March 2011 he again topped all the radio charts and has been constantly in the top 10 for over three years in his home country of South Africa. Mlu is a consummate performer and shares his music world with everyone. Prepare to be captured by the pure talent that is MLU. God Bless.
MLU is a Blue Pie Records USA artist and is published by Blue Pie Publishing USA (ASCAP) for selected titles.