Kamikaze Art is the debut album by performance artist and singer-songwriter Lindiwe Suttle. The album was produced by Ivan Georgiev in Berlin. Kamikaz Art walks the line between avant-garde and mainstream with a balance of up-tempo songs and ballads. Grammy-nominated Mastering Engineer Dave Kutch who mastered the album in New York described the sound as “organic electronic soul.”
Lindiwe sings about political corruption, being bullied in high school, her love for fashion, the internal struggle between good and bad and social justice songs of unity. “I called the album Kamikaze Art because I feel I have given all of myself.
Each song is deeply personal, open and honest,” explains Lindiwe. When Lindiwe Suttle was a little girl, she listened to her parent’s Motown soul hits by day and would go to her room to sing and dance to tunes by Michael Jackson, Boy George and Cyndi Lauper when they were sleeping.
In high school, Lindiwe discovered writing lyrics as a way to express herself inspired by artists like Tori Amos, Bjork and PJ Harvey; these artists helped shape the way Lindiwe told her own stories. She would belt out her own songs and perform in front of the mirror for hours. It’s no wonder this petite package of energy became the talented singer-songwriter and consummate performer she is today. She lives up to her Zulu name, Lindiwe, which means “the one we’ve been waiting for”.
It was not until completing an MBA in Entrepreneurship/Marketing and a successful career in the fashion industry that Lindiwe decided to follow her dream of becoming a performer. She was a fashion stylist to celebrities like, Beyonce Knowles, Cynthia Nixon, and Ciara and worked with fashion houses like DKNY and Kenneth Cole, which inspired her to become the fashion conscious performer she is today.
In 2008, Lindiwe became the lead singer of the South African jazz/hip-hop band, The Collective Imagination. This was indeed the genesis of Lindiwe’s musical career. In late 2009, Lindiwe then launched her solo career that generated a lot of media coverage. She started performing acoustic soul sets in small clubs in Cape Town to intimate crowds.
Lindiwe’s shift to developing her own sound came when she was discovered by German music legend, Marius Mueller-Westernhagen, after seeing her perform in Cape Town. He told her, “You are very talented but I can tell you are not doing the music you really want to do.” A year later, Marius introduced Lindiwe to producer Ivan Georgiev in Berlin, Germany.
On stage Lindiwe has a commanding presence and creates a unique stage persona blending fashion and music to create live shows that are theatrical in style. Lindiwe’s passion for musical theatre influences the dance choreography, over-the-top styling, stage props and visuals in her live performances. As she aptly puts it, “I sing for the eyes and the ears and want to take my audience to a magical musical world.”
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