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Loyiso Bala


Loyiso Bala

As a teenager Loyiso Bala was classically trained, finishing top of hisclass, at the prestigious Drakensberg Boys Choir in South Africa. Helater on became the youngest conductor of the National Youth Choir at the age of 19. This laid the foundation for his solo career and at the end of 2002, where he embarked on a world tour that saw him stopping off inLondon, America, Asia and the Middle East. Right away his musicsolidified his reputation as South Africa’s king of R&B, with singlessuch as Girl Without A Name and Gimme The Night. His first album sold triple-platinum. Since then, he has received numerous awards ranging from 5 SouthAfrican Music Awards -SAMAs, 3 Metro FM Awards, a South AfricanFilm and TV Award-SAFTA for Best Musical Score. He was also voted in as You Magazine’s sexiest man, GQ’s most stylishman and Mens Health’s best man. Loyiso has performed alongside artists of the highest caliber includingStevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, John Legend, Brian McKnight, EltonJohn, Will Smith and Akon but his most memorable performances havebeen performing for some of the highest dignitaries, such as NelsonMandela, Richard Branson, Gordon Brown, Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfreyand many more. A philanthropist at heart, Loyiso is an ambassador for Nelson Mandela’s 46664 brand, the Smile Foundation, Afrika Tikkun, Cotlandsand the South African Field Band Foundation, which sees him supporting several charitable and worthwhile causes. Most recently hewas also appointed the national UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for theJoint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). In this role heraises awareness around HIV testing and disclosure, reduction of stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV, and genderinequality, including violence against women and girls. His partnership with 46664 lead him to put on a stellar performancefor an audience of over 46,000 at the Nelson Mandela 46664 concert in Hyde Park, London in July 2008, and at Radio City Hall, New York forNelson Mandela's 91st birthday celebration on the 18th of July 2009. In addition, he was one of the few local artists chosen to performalongside Alicia Keys, Shakira, the Black Eyed Peas and John Legend at the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off celebration concert, which took place at Soweto's 30,000-capacity Orlando Stadium on the 10th of June, which was the day before the opening match of the 2010 World Cup. Loyiso also produced and co-wrote Idols Season VI runner up, Lloyd Cele’s debut album One, which won Lloyd his first SAMA for the Best Pop Album category Loyiso his first SAMA nomination for Best Producer at the MTN SAMA18 awards in 2012. A talented songwriter whose reputation got him voted on to the boardof SAMRO (South African Music Rights Organisation). However, his main passion is his Christian Music and in 2012 herecorded his much-anticipated live Christian music DVD called Love Complete (released in July 2012). He then went on to release his chart topping single ‘Time to Dance’ in March of 2013, which garnered hugesuccess as a crossover track on the airwaves, and was a precursor tohis second Christian music project. Power | Love | Sound is his second live DVD that hit the shelves at the end of May 2014. Last but not least, Bala Brothers, a group consisting of Loyiso and his2 equally talented brothers, have recently been signed to Warner Brothers Records, USA. Their American produced live DVD will be broadcast to over 80% of the USA starting in March 2015.

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