Future Kwaai Records is a record label, fashion house and media company founded by artist Siya Ngcobo aka Umlilo. Intergalactic shape-shifting kwaai diva Umlilo is a genre and gender bending multi-disciplinary artist. The queer performer/music producer’s signature sound dubbed ‘future kwaai’ explores and pushes the boundaries of electronic kwaito, alt-pop music in contemporary South Africa and has been a regular fixture in the international music community.
BLOOMING SOUNDS OF JOBURG, BASSLINE
Under Future Kwaai Records Umlilo has completed several art projects including a Spring concert that took place on 26 September 2020 under Bassline’s Bloomin’ Sounds of Joburg. The virtual concert was shot at the Women’s Prison at Constitutional Hill and broadcast to SkyRoomLive, SABC 2 and Serious Fm in the UK.
February 2021- April 2021
ARCHIVE OF FORGETFULLNESS, GOETHE INSTITUTE
The Archive of Forgetfulness online exhibition has been live since the 12th of April 2021. It is an archive of mobility, infrastructure, and story-telling; it holds together acts of remembering, collecting, and gathering stories often untold. Umlilo and Future Kwaai Records submitted collaborative a film titled Qhakuva co-produced by Francois Knoetze.
January 2021- February 2021
NORIENT FILM FESTIVAL NFF 2021
In 2021 future Kwaai Records was commissioned by Swiss multimedia publication Norient for their 2021 edition of the Norient Film Festival NFF where they commissioned ten artists around the world to work on short artistic media pieces. They were asked to reflect on their personal thoughts of «2021». How do they see and describe the world they live in? How do they see the present and the future?
May 2021 - June 2021
UMLILO LOCKDOWN JAMS, CONCERTS SA
Umlilo, under Future Kwaai Records, also completed a second concert titled Lockdown Jams commissioned by Concerts SA. Umlilo Lockdown Jams was live-streamed on Youtube and Facebook and the concert was produced, directed, written, and performed by the avant-garde artist. The one-hour concert showcases songs and recordings by Umlilo influenced by the lockdown in South Africa.
ICA (UN)INFECTING THE CITY 2021
Umlilo under Future Kwaai Records was commissioned to submit the film Umzabalazo for the 2021 (Un) Infecting the City. The festival staged a virtual and site-specific art in light of the pandemic.
UMLILO LOCKDOWN JAMS BY CONCERTS SA
Umlilo, under Future Kwaai Records, also completed a second concert titled Lockdown Jams commissioned by Concerts SA. Umlilo Lockdown Jams was live streamed on Youtube and Facebook and the concert was produced, directed, written, and performed by the avant-garde artist. The one-hour concert showcases songs and recordings by Umlilo influenced by the lockdown in South Africa.