UKZN alumnus, Mr Bongani “Tiger” Ndimande, is one half of an up-and-coming Hip Hop duo known as Lio X Tiger.

The duo recently launched their first music video titled: Spaceships at The Warehouse in Durban. They also own their own label Transcendence Records and are on the lookout for new artists.

Ndimande began working with Lio – Creative Arts College student Mr Bayede Mchunu – in 2017 after their love and passion for music brought them together. They now plan to revolutionise the hip-hop scene in Durban.

‘My music gives me so much direction in life,’ said Ndimande. ‘I know where I want to go. I see music as an escape for a lot of people and I aim to entertain the masses through the energy I have been blessed with by God.’

Lio X Tiger have performed at Durban clubs, pubs and major festivals such as Fact Durban Rocks, INKKASI Xperience, INK Hop Festival at Princess Magogo Stadium, 031 in Berea, Vuco Lounge, Creative Arts College, Artizen Lounge in KwaMashu and the Charisma Centre.

In their music video launch, they were supported by established artists in the music industry including Tshego, DJQness, Musiholiq and Linda Gcwensa.

The duo made their television debut on Hectic on 3 (SABC 3) and EKSE on Cape Town TV after their video launch. Their interview on EKSE will soon be available on YouTube.

Their first mixed tape titled: Life in the Jungle at https://www.slikouronlife.co.za/artist/7098 has so far produced almost 300 downloads.

Production of their work is done by Lio while lyrics for all their songs are co-written. Ndimande plans to study music and dance and focus on his record company, while Mchunu is completing a degree in Sound at the Creative Arts College.

The duo is managed by Dean and Head of the School of Arts, Professor Nobuhle Hlongwa.

Follow them on their social media handle: Lio X Tiger on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Words: Melissa Mungroo

Photograph: Supplied