Up-and-coming Mzansi music duo Frigid Armadillo has dreams of becoming a household name in the music industry. The duo, made up of friends Lebo Lechela, 29, and Siyabulela Buhlungu, 29, want to dominate both local and international music charts with their "cross-genre" sound.
Lebo and Siyabulela met in 2010 at the University of Johannesburg where they both studied for degrees in BA Corporate Communication. Frigid Armadillo officially came to fruition in 2013 and they've never looked back.
Briefly.co.za sat down with both the music producers and asked them a few questions about their style of music and what the future holds for them in the cut-throat Mzansi and international music industry.
1. What is in the name, why did you decide to call yourselves Frigid Armadillo?
In Spanish, armadillo means 'little armoured one'. We chose it as a way to respond to external pressure, as a duo that has always been very free in our sonic creativity, and have not really been bound to any particular 'sound' other than something that has our ear at that moment. Armadillo seemed befitting but we later added Frigid to it because we felt as though two guys simply named 'Armadillo' might sound a bit off.
2. Are you currently signed with a recording label?
We are an independent artists and would like to keep it that way. However, we have a music distribution deal with an international recording label called Aluku records. We connected with the label through a fellow artist, FKA Mash. We had a single released a while ago, titled The Journey, which we sent to him as feedback. After that, he put us in contact with Jodie of Aluku, with whom we reached a music distribution agreement.
3. How would you describe your music?
Our sound is an infusion of unstructured creativity, quirkiness and technical skills. You cannot box it into one category, it is a combination of two music genres; deep and electro house.
4. What does the future hold for Frigid Armadillo and what more can South Africans expect from you as a duo?
After a couple of delays and hiccups, we are lining up to release another extended play (EP) around December. The upcoming EP will be slightly different from the Adam’s Calendar EP which was released on July 12th this year. The upcoming EP will have vocal features, which we find interestingly cool and we are excited to see how people will react to it.
In other music news, Briefly.co.za reported that that Kabza De Small recently hinted that he wants to drop another project. The Amapiano music producer recently took to social media to ask his fans if he should drop the new project or wait for a while.
The musician surprised many people in Mzansi when he dropped a new album with a whopping 27 tracks on June 26. Now the hard-working self-proclaimed King of Amapiano wants to release another project.
Mzansi tweeps have flooded his comment section with mixed reactions since he posted about the new project on Monday, 8 September. Many social media users have shared that he must wait a bit because they're still enjoying the last project, titled I Am The King Of Amapiano: Sweet and Dust. One of his surprised fans @NiisoShabangu wrote:
"Ay khona sesikathele loya (no, we're tired), 27 tracks was enough for the rest of the year, namanje asikayiqedi (we haven't finished listening to it)."
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