With several Top 10 hits, two South African Music Awards and a Metro FM Award to her name, multi-platinum selling artist LeAnne Dlamini’s star isn’t simply on the rise, it’s blazing an industry-leading trail of its own – uplifting all she comes in contact with along the way.
LeAnne Dlamini made her mark on the South African music scene with the release of her first album, Simply Luvlee. It wasn’t just well received, it was applauded, winning her the Metro FM title of Female RnB Artist of the Year, generating a buzz within the industry and leaving fans wanting more.
The release of her second album, Journey, saw LeAnne win two South African music awards – one for ‘Best Female RnB Artist’ and another for ‘Best Produced Album’. Due to the popularity of hit tracks Deal With It, Don’t Get Me Started and Be With You, the album piqued the ears (and interest) of the international community, being released in Japan, Bahrain and the UAE, and receiving a nomination in the Channel O Music Awards for ‘Best RnB Video’.
As it turned out, the title of her second album was prophetic. After it’s release and success (solidified by two Number 1 hits and four Top 10 radio singles), LeAnne’s journey took her to many stages around the globe – from the Idols SA stage to the Viva Africa Festival in Dubai and to the UK where she made the Top 20 in X-Factor UK. Other highlights included opening for big international acts Tamia, Akon, Joss Stone, Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Sean Paul and Fat Joe.
2015 saw the release of the first single (No Sweat), off LeAnne’s new album titled Warrior. Produced both locally and in LA, the album
features tracks produced by internationally renowned Antonio Dixon (Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, Chris Brown, Toni Braxton), hit-makers Jonathan Butler and Seige Monstracity (Dr Dre), and tracks by South Africa’s own Alexis Faku of Blackgravity and Sipho Dlamini of Madskillz.
Je’Taime, released in 2016, is already set to be a hit, having reached over 70-million listeners via various radio stations, the single Je’Taime embodies a greater Pan-African rhythm, with a sensual Kizomba beat – a clear representation of the rich cultural diversity, which she both lives in and epitomises.
LeAnne’s presence on the South African stage extends beyond the recording studio, corporate shows, speaking engagements and brand endorsements. Having built a loyal following of over 100,000 fans, friends and fellow entrepreneurs through social media, LeAnne is as passionate about making music (‘her first love’) as she is about making a difference. Case in point, the #EndGirlHate movement, testament to what happens when LeAnne lends her voice to a cause she is passionate about. What started as a hashtag within a tweet now includes a community of thousands of women from all walks of life and gives back through the #EndGirlHate range of merchandise, courtesy of collaborations with top local designers and like-minded entrepreneurs.
“I want to be known as someone who never gave up, who worked hard and fought for her dreams. I put my heart and soul into every song I do and I hope people will hear that when they listen to my music. I’d like to be remembered as someone who never compromised and who loved God and my family with all my heart.”