Xenlaii describes his sound as a blend of soul, rap, dance music and kwaito that draws inspiration from the Indian Ocean's coastline – a strong presence throughout his artistry. This unique combination is meticulously packaged in his 2019 debut EP SURF : AM – recently updated with a deluxe edition that you can listen to here.
Idolz is Xenlaii second video from SURF : AM and follows his lead single How To Play which recently scored a nomination at the Bokeh Fashion Film Festival, "The nomination feels really great and validating, especially in a territory - like that of music video creation" he shares.
The track and video were inspired by the idea that a lot of South African men grow up without having their fathers around – "so they end up turning to TV and media to find their idols".
Watch the Idolz video below.
Director/DP : Sizmeister
Production Design : [NOTHING] Creates
Production Studio : Uncap Productions
Art Department : Sandile Mhlongo & Hamilton Thindisa
Costume & Styling : Deniece Marz & Nkuley Masemola
Wardrobe : SURF : AM
Gaffer : Bonginkosi ''Cassper'' Ngwenya
Production Manager : Ngcebo Mthimkhulu
Colorist : UNCAP Post
Get to know Xenlaii in our "Surfing the Highs and Lows" feature here
Text by Roger Sivuyile Lupuwana
Images Courtesy of M3NA Media