Martin Garrix
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South Africa’s Lloyiso teamed up with none other than Martin Garrix recently to create an epic love anthem, a huge milestone for our artist!


Global (26 September 2023) — 2023 has been a year that South African singer-songwriter Lloyiso Gijana can easily dub one of many musical milestones. From lighting up Times Square in New York City earlier this year to being the voice behind a self-compassion mantra, ‘Give a Little Kindness’ that reminded the world to water our own inner gardens, Lloyiso’s musical trajectory continues onward and upward. So, when it was announced that he had released a song with none other than EDM icon Martin Garrix, it powerfully indicated Lloyiso’s recognition in the music industry.

Dutch DJ Martin Garrix and Lloyiso teamed up to collaborate on what will likely be a summer anthem for anyone in love or well on their way—’Real Love’.

A huge moment for the artist who hails from the Eastern Cape and hopped into the spotlight after braving Idols SA followed by internet virality, Lloyiso shared, “I’ll always be grateful for this moment.”

Leading up to the moment though, was a lot of hard work, teamwork, friendship and what Lloyiso calls ‘the craziest journey’.

According to multiple sources, Martin Garrix had discovered Lloyiso online doing covers and “was immediately blown away by his amazing voice”.

Eventually, the pair met in New York City and spent time listening to live music and heading to bars together. They then hit the studio and recorded 3 songs in a single session.

As for ‘Real Love’, the song navigates the spaces between upbeat pop and dance energy and soulful vocals, intricately highlighting both Garrix’s renowned production finesse and Lloyiso’s voice without one overshadowing the other to the foreground of a simple, one-sided conversation that’ll speak to masses.

Listen: Lloyiso and Martin Garrix, ‘Real Love’

Sources: Various (Linked Above)
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