DStv Celebrates Africa Day With The Very Best Programmes From The Continent #DStvAfricaWeSee

In the build-up to Africa Day on 25 May, DStv is bringing its customers the shows that demonstrate the fierce independence, unmitigated talent, entrepreneurial skills and musical genius that make Africans so incredibly proud.

DStv has always believed in being a platform for authentic African stories – the ones that touch lives and resonate with the people of this continent. That’s why there are so many series and shows created by Africans for Africans. One such story is the movie Indandatho Yokukhanya, which will be screened on Saturday 23 May on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 20:30. Directed by Thembalethu Mfebe and starring Idols SA season 8 winner Kwanele Mthethwa and Unathi Guma (Housekeepers), it’s about a timid and overly cautious girl who finds out that her parent’s spirits were taken by a dark entity, and makes it her mission to save them.

Another example is compelling movie Inxeba: The Wound, which has won numerous international awards but was also once banned from mainstream cinemas in South Africa, which makes its debut on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) on Friday 22 May at 22:00. Beautifully shot and acted, it is a gem worth watching.

While most of the well-loved soapies have gone back to filming, their new episodes remain on hold at the moment, but there’s no better time to catch-up with all the very best of Mzansi Originals on DStv Now. You’ll find Isibaya, Ubizo, Lockdown, Gomora, The Queen, Widowed and so much more. Afrikaans customers will also find their African heritage celebrated in shows such as Binnelanders and Arendsvlei.

DStv is always committed to bringing the real lives of the people of Mzansi into your homes, with a number of exciting and provocative reality shows. On Saturday 23 May, tune into Ubizo on Mzansi Wethu (DStv Channel 163) at 19:30 to follow Lloyd, a medium who provides healing and balance to his clients. Ubizo’s fascinating core themes include exploring ancestry, resolving maternal and paternal identity issues, marriage and how it affects individuals, miscarriage and abortion, African spirituality versus religion as well as the passing of souls.

When it comes to music, no-one can compete with the vibrancy and rhythm of the African soul. On Africa Day itself, 25 May at 18:00, MTV Base (DStv channel 322) and the MTV Base Africa YouTube channel will be screening a two-hour live Africa Day Benefit Concert at Home. Hosted by Idris Elba, the show will feature some of Africa’s hottest stars, including Burna Boy, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, AKA, Diamond Platnumz, Nasty C, Sauti Sol, Yemi Alade, Fally Ipupa, StoneBwoy, Teni, Angelique Kidjo, and many more.

Later on at 21:00, MTV Base will feature more African talent with a panel of Africa’s brightest and freshest young talent, to have a fierce, fun and fiery debate as they countdown the Top 10 moments that make up Africa’s Biggest Brags.

Trace Africa (DStv channel 326) will also be celebrating everything that makes Africa unique with a day full of the best music from across the continent. Listen out for music from iconic musicians like Mali’s Salif Keita, Tanzanian star Diamond Platnumz, Nigeria’s Tiwa Savage and South African divas Yvonne Chaka-Chaka and PJ Powers.

African women have for centuries shown their resilience and determination. In Mama Rwanda on Sunday 24 May on CuriosityStream (DStv channel 185) at 20:00, follow the lives of Drocella, a village wife, and Christine, a widow living in the city, who team up to form a new generation of female business owners who are also mothers and rebuilding the economy of Rwanda.

They are just some of the women in post-genocide Rwanda defying social norms and becoming entrepreneurs to fight poverty.

Lupita Nyong’o is another African woman who has proven that sheer talent and perseverance can pay off in the end. Catch the award-winning Kenyan actress in the scary movie Us, on M-Net Movies Premiere (DStv channel 104) at 20:00. It’s written and directed by Oscar-winner Jordan Peele.

We’re also a continent that knows how to laugh and have fun, and the comedic talent that has emerged from Africa is astounding – just take our own Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show as an example. He’s hosting his show from home during the lockdown, and you can catch him at his funniest on Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) daily at 21:30. On Saturday 23 May, you can catch another set of incredible local comedians in Goliath & Goliath: Aweh Mzansi on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 21:30. It’s a brotherly affair on this stand-up comedy show that’s bound to get Mzansi laughing in these interesting times we live in.

As Africans unite in these difficult times, let’s take some time to celebrate and salute the real spirit of Africa. It’s what keeps us together.

online Hightlights – May 2020

Title: Bliss
Director(s): Joe Begos
Cast: Dora Madison, Tru Collins, Rhys Wakefield
Release Date: Currently Live

A brilliant painter spirals into a hallucinatory hellscape of drugs, sex, and murder.

Title: Nazi Undead
Director(s): Steven Spiel
Cast: Andy MCPHEE; Georgia CHARA; Leigh SCULLY; Jolene ANDERSON; Emma LEONARD; Amelia AYRIS; Charlotte MCLEOD; Erik VENT; Emma BURNSIDE
Release Date: Currently Live

College sweethearts Brad and Ashley venture into the heartland of Germany for a romantic holiday. Things take a sinister turn when they encounter a Nazi SS officer at an isolated farmhouse thrusting them into a psychological vortex of horror.

Title: #Screamers
Director(s): Dean Ronalds
Cast: Tom Malloy, Chris Bannow, Griffin Matthews
Release Date: Currently Live

When an internet company decides to investigate a series of ‘Screamer’ videos, they are confronted with havoc and hell they could never expect.

Title: Virgin Cheerleaders in Chains
Director(s): Paulo Biscaia Filho, Gary McClain Gannaway (co-director)
Cast: Elizabeth Maxwell, Ariana Guerra, Ammie Masterson
Release Date: Currently Live

A bumbling young film crew, shooting a low-budget horror movie in an abandoned orphanage, discovers that a family of sadistic killers has rewritten their script.

Title: The Cleaning Lady
Director(s): Jon KNAUTZ
Cast: Alexis KENDRA; Stelio SAVANTE; Rachel ALIG; Elizabeth SANDY; Joanne MCGRATH; Mykayla SOHN
Release Date: Currently Live

A cleaner whose face was disfigured in a horrific childhood accident develops an unhealthy obsession for her rich, beautiful employer.

Title: Deathgasm
Director(s): Jason Lei Howden
Cast: Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberley Crossman
Release Date: Currently Live

A heavy metal band inadvertently opens the gates to hell by playing a forbidden piece of music.

Title: The Dark Red
Director(s): Dan Bush
Cast: April Billingsley; Kelsey Scott; Conal Byrne
Release Date: Currently Live

The Dark Red’ is a seat-edge twisted shocker from acclaimed director and genre favourite Dan Bush (‘The Signal’, ‘The Vault’). Sybil is being held against her will in a psychiatric ward because her claims are extreme. She says her newborn baby was kidnapped by a secret society to harvest its supernatural blood. She says the ancient bloodline has great powers – it lets you hear other people’s thoughts. And she begs the doctors to let her go so she can rescue her child from the cult’s dungeons. Is she telling the truth, or is it just mere delusion?

Title: Starry Eyes
Director(s): Kevil Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer
Cast: Alex Essoe, Noah Segan, Pat Healy
Release Date: Currently Live

A desperate actress will do whatever it takes for the role of a lifetime, no matter what the cost.

Title: Troll Hunter
Director(s): André Øverdal
Cast: Otto Jespersen; Glenn Erland Tosterud; Johanna Mørck; Tomas Alf Larsen; Urmila Berg-Domaas; Hans Morten Hansen
Release Date: Currently Live
The government says there’s nothing to worry about – it’s just a problem with bears making trouble in the mountains and forests of Norway. But local hunters don’t believe it – and neither do a trio of college students. Their persistence lands them straight in the path of the objects of his pursuits: Trolls. They soon find themselves documenting every move of this grizzled, unlikely hero – The Troll Hunter – risking their lives to uncover the secrets of creatures only thought to exist in fairy tales.

Title: The Siren
Director(s): Perry Blackshear
Cast: Margaret Ying Drake; MacLeod Andrews; Evan Dumouchel
Release Date: Currently Live

The Siren is an enthralling, seductive and creepy supernatural tale about cursed star-crossed lovers. Tom rents a cabin on a secluded lake marked by a local legend of a lovelorn spirit who haunts the surrounding woods and drowns anyone she encounters. Drawn to her immediately, Tom knows he has found his soulmate in the seemingly human Nina, who must battle to repress her demonic instincts when she feels the same towards him. Meanwhile, a man possessed by vengeance circles the pair, getting ever closer to tracking down the monster that murdered his husband… Part dark fairy tale and part elegant nightmare, The Siren is a heart-wrenching story of passion and revenge that will take hold of you and never let you go.

Title: Victor Crowley
Director(s): Adam Green
Cast: Parry Shen, Kane Hodder, Laura Ortiz
Release Date: Currently Live

Victor Crowley is mistakenly resurrected and Yong must face the bloodthirsty ghost from his past.

Title: The Assent
Director(s): Pearry Teo
Cast: Robert Kazinsky, Peter Jason, Florence Faivre, Hannah Ward, Caden Dragomer, Douglas Spain, Tatum O’Neal
Release Date: Currently Live

A widower reluctantly seeks the help of a disgraced priest to save his son, whom he believes is possessed by the devil.

Title: XX
Cast: Natalie Brown; Melanie Lynskey; Casey Adams; Christina Kirk
Release Date: Currently Live

XX is a new horror anthology with a wicked gender twist – all segments will be helmed by accomplished female horror directors and will star female leads.

Title: Framed
Director(s): Marc MARTINEZ JORDAN
Cast: Alex MARUNY; Joe MANJON; Claudia PONS; Julia MOLINS; Daniel HORVATH; Biel MONTORO
Release Date: Currently Live

A group of friends at a farewell party are attacked by home invaders and subjected to a twisted game of life and death. Their terrifying ordeal is streamed live on the internet where the perpetrators achieve celebrity status.

Title: Crystal Eyes
Director(s): Ezequiel Endelman; Leandro Montejano
Cast: Silvia Montanari, Anahí Politi, Erika Boveri
Release Date: 5 May 2020

Buenos Aires, 1985. It’s the first anniversary of the death of Alexis Carpenter, the unstable supermodel who died tragically when she was set on fire while closing a runaway show. Lucia L’uccello – Editor-in-Chief of the most important magazine in Buenos Aires – chooses supermodels Eva Lantier and Irene del Lago to honor Alexis on the cover of the anniversary issues dedicated to the famous model. The night before the photo shoot, Alexis’s original dresses that were going to be used by the models are stolen. From that moment, members of the important fashion magazine and the agency begin to disappear, one by one, at the hands of a stealthy, sinister female silhouette in a long black leather raincoat. Is someone seeking revenge? Or has Alexis returned from the grave?

Title: The Witch in the Window
Director(s): Andy Mitton
Release Date: 5 May 2020

When Simon brings his twelve year-old son, Finn, to rural Vermont to help flip an old farmhouse, they encounter the malicious spirit of Lydia, a previous owner. And now with every repair they make – she’s getting stronger.

Title: The Ice Cream Truck
Director(s): Megan FREELS JOHNSTON
Release Date: 8 May 2020

A young mother moves back to her home town where she becomes the focus of her neighbours teenage son. The temptation to re-discover her youth and have an affair with the boy manifests itself in the form of an evil slasher that stalks the suburbs in an ice cream truck.

Title: We Go On
Director(s): Jesse HOLLAND, Andy MITTON
Cast: Annette O’TOOLE, John GLOVER, Clark FREEMAN
Release Date: 8 May 2020

Miles Grissom offers $30,000 to the first person who can prove to him that we go on after death.

Title: The Devil’s Machine
Director(s): Lawrie Brewster
Cast: Jamie Scott Gordon, Jonathan Hansler, Alexandra Hulme |
Release Date: 12 May 2020

Antique expert Brendon Cole is sent to authenticate a 300-year-old clockwork doll with notorious history, aka “The Inferno Princess”. In the remote Scottish mansion where it was discovered, Brendon soon finds himself the victim of the automaton’s legendary curse.

Title: The Stakeland 2
Director(s): Dan Berk & Robert Olsen
Cast: Connor Paolo, Laura Abramsen, A.C. Peterson
Release Date: 15 May

Martin is in search of Mister, hoping to reteam with him against a new Vamp threat.

Title: The Eyes of My Mother
Director(s): Nicolas Pesce
Cast: Kika Magalhães; Will Brill; Paul Nazak; Flora Diaz; Clara Wong; Diana Agostini
Release Date: 15 May 2020

In a secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. A mysterious visitor horrifyingly shatters the idyll of Francisca’s family life, deeply traumatizing her but also awakening some unique curiosities.

Title: Tethered
Director(s): Chris Foster
Cast: Nathan Bonk, Alexandra Pica, Brian Ballance
Release Date: 19 May 2020

When Peter is sentenced to house arrest, he soon realizes that jail isn’t the worst thing that could have happened.

Title: Videoman
Director(s): Kristian A. Söderström
Cast: Stefan Sauk; Lena Nilsson; Morgan Alling |
Release Date: 19 May 2020

A darkly comic, creepy and incredibly moving celebration of giallo, genre cinema and the films of Mike Leigh. From award-winning Swedish director Kristian A. Söderström, Videoman was one of Time Out’s top picks to see at FrightFest 2018. Ennio a giallo-obsessed VHS collector with a drinking problem, finds a highly collectable video tape that could solve his money problems and save him from eviction. He makes a deal with a shady, anonymous collector before realising the video has been stolen. So begins Ennio’s desperate hunt for the black-gloved perpetrator while, along the way, he meets Simone, an alcoholic woman obsessed with the 80s. As Ennio searches for the tape and begins to lose a grip on reality, his and Simone’s mutual love of nostalgia draws them together. Can they find redemption in each other?

Title: Last Ones Out (SA FILM)
Director(s): Howard Fyvie
Cast: Greg Kriek, Christia Visser, Tshamano Sebe
Release Date: 13 May 2020

A skeptical American man is stranded in the middle of a zombie-infected Africa and must trust the help of three mysterious strangers in order to make it out alive.

Title: Catch Up (SA FILM)
Director(s): Dayakar Padayachee
Cast: Kajal Maharaj, Yateen Dayaram, Kwenzo Ngcobo, Caitlin Goulding, Nicole Theunissen, Nesan Pather, Sanam Sitaram, Quinton De Beer
Release Date: 13 May 2020

Anita Naidu, sets up a chat with some friends during a global pandemic. While on lockdown, strange things are afoot. launches

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Title: Deprivation
Director(s): Chris Foster
Cast: Silas James Rowland, Chris Foster, Don Kimenker
Release Date: 22 May 2020

Three friends film themselves attempting to stay awake in a cabin for an entire week straight. As they expectedly begin to hallucinate, they realize that their “hallucinations” are showing up on camera.

Title: Satanic
Director(s): Jeff Hunt
Cast: Sarah Hyland; Justin Chon; Clara Mamet; Steven Krueger
Release Date: 22 May 2020

SATANIC follows a van full of young, college-aged coeds who are visiting old Satanic Panic-era sites in Los Angeles. They end up following the creepy owner of an occult store home, only to find themselves saving a suspicious girl from an apparent human sacrifice. Only this “victim” turns out to be much more dangerous than the cult from which she escaped.

Title: Primal
Director(s): Josh Reed
Cast: Krew BOYLAN, Lindsay FARRIS, Wil TRAVAL
Release Date: 26 May 2020

A group of friends travel into the Australian wilds to view ancient cave paintings but soon find a horrible sickness gripping one of their own, which leaves them with nothing in their mind but a primal blood lust.

Title: The Coffin Footage
Director(s): Trent Coffin
Cast: Trent Coffin
Release Date: 26 May 2020

A young man slowly realizes that he has become the chosen target of an ominous supernatural presence. As he scrambles to stop it, he realizes there is more to this haunting than meets the eye.

Title: Desolation
Director(s): David Moscow
Cast: Cailey Fleming, Dominik Garcia, Raymond J. Barry
Release Date: 29 May 2020

After being whisked away to Los Angeles by a handsome Hollywood star, Katie is left alone in his apartment, where strange and scary things begin to happen.

Title: The Night Sitter
Director(s): Abiel BRUHN, John ROCCO
Cast: Elyse DUFOUR; Jack CHAMPION; Jermaine RIVERS; Amber NEUKUM; J. Benedict LARMORE; Ben BARLOW, Bailey CAMPBELL; Joe WALZ
Release Date: 29 May 2020

A con artist poses as a child minder in order to rob the house of a wealthy occultist and his reclusive young son. But when her accomplices arrive, the boy summons a trio of witches who treat the villains to a night of mayhem.

Title: Howl
Director(s): Paul HYETT
Release Date: 5 June 2020

When passengers on a train are attacked by a creature, they must band together in order to survive until morning.


Fridays Become Fright Days As New TVOD Platform Launches Promises Fear On Demand

If you’re a fan of the dark side and the thought of films filled with horror, sci-fi, werewolves, zombies, the paranormal or the supernatural gets your blood flowing, you can finally watch all of the best films in these genres in one place. Announcing, Africa’s first curated transactional video on demand service dedicated to horror, thriller, sci-fi and everything in-between. It’s fear on demand. is a brand-new TVOD platform, operating purely online, independent from any network or studio directive, dedicated to the screening the best horror films for the first time in Africa. The service is now live with eighteen films and will be updated with new content every Tuesday and Friday. curates films from the best horror producers both locally and around the world including Magnolia, Magnet Releasing, Black Mandala, Jinga Films, Kaleidoscope Distribution, Signature Entertainment, MPI and Film Seekers.

Films that are currently available include The Last Ones starring popular local actors Christia Visser and Greg Kriek, in which a skeptical American is stranded in the middle of a zombie-infected Africa and must rely on the help of three mysterious strangers to make it out alive. In the horrific #Screamers, when an internet company decides to investigate a series of ‘Screamer’ videos, they are confronted with havoc and hell they could never expect. Watch what happens when a heavy metal band inadvertently opens the gates to hell by playing a forbidden piece of music in the award winning Deathgasm.

The site has several award-winning titles. In The Eyes of my Mother, set in a secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. A mysterious visitor horrifyingly shatters the idyll of Francisca’s family life, deeply traumatizing her but also awakening some unique curiosities. In The Witch in the Window, when Simon brings his twelve year-old son, Finn, to rural Vermont to help flip an old farmhouse, they encounter the malicious spirit of Lydia, a previous owner. And now with every repair they make – she’s getting stronger.

The local short film Catch Up in which Anita Naidu, sets up a chat with some friends during a global pandemic, while on lockdown and strange things start happening, is available to view exclusively on and is sure to scare the $%^&* out of you.

There are no subscription or membership fees for Feature films cost R 25 each with short films costing R 15 to rent. Films are available to watch for 48 hours from the time of purchase. Fans are encouraged to follow on social media for regular updates, teasers and the occasional spoiler. There is an opening week special between Friday 22 May at 20h00 and Saturday 23 May at 23h59, with all movies costing only R9,99 or US$0,66 (rest of Africa).

“For too long, audiences haven’t been able to access good films in this genre in South Africa” said Benjamin Cowley, CEO of Gravel Road Distribution Group, and the one of the minds behind “We’re working to source the best films across the horror, thriller and sci-fi genres. Fans are also encouraged to request or suggest films, and we’ll do our best to secure them” he concluded. is a partnership between Contech Media and Gravel Road Distribution Group whereby Contech brings the tech, and Gravel Road the entertainment.

Visit for your dose of fear today. FAQ’s

On what technology is the platform based?

Built on AWS ecosystem, Java CMS Backend Middleware admin, Wowza Streaming Engine (Java), Broswer-based Javascript. CSS, HTML Front End.

How much data more or less is needed to download a film?

No downloads, as it’s a web-based platform. You are able to access to stream a title for 48 hours. Usage depends the bandwidth environment of the chosen device / client. It’s streams at 240 – 1080p (1080p streams at 4Mbps)

What is the minimum speed line needed to use the service optimally?

240p stream requires 512 kbps
1080p stream requires 4400 kbps

Can you use the service on a smart TV? Any specific requirements?

If your Smart TV has a browser function, you’ll be able to stream using this. The android app and screen casting are in phase 2 of the development of the platform

What is the deal with age restrictions?

All films are rated 18.

How big do you estimate this genre is in SA?

Our research has shown that Horror accounts for 8.34% of total film piracy in South Africa and the horror and sub-genres over index by comparison to global demand, so this is a really good indication to us that the interest is there. What has been lacking to date, is a dedicated genre platform from which to (legally) consume.

How will you protect against piracy?

Encrypted, domain locked, tokenized streams, behind a limited time paywall. No downloads

Where can people send requests for films?

Once you have registered your account on the platform, you’ll be able to submit a request using the “submit request” function which can be found in your profile overview.


Watch Charlize Theron And Kiki Layne In The Old Guard Trailer

Film Release Date: July 10, 2020

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood

Screenplay By: Greg Rucka
Based on the Graphic Novel Series By Greg Rucka and Illustrated by Leandro Fernandez

Produced By: David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Charlize Theron, AJ Dix, Beth Kono, Marc Evans

Cast: Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Harry Melling, Van Veronica Ngo, with Matthias Schoenaerts and Chiwetel Ejiofor

Led by a warrior named Andy (Charlize Theron), a covert group of tight-knit mercenaries with a mysterious inability to die have fought to protect the mortal world for centuries. But when the team is recruited to take on an emergency mission and their extraordinary abilities are suddenly exposed, it’s up to Andy and Nile (KiKi Layne), the newest soldier to join their ranks, to help the group eliminate the threat of those who seek to replicate and monetize their power by any means necessary. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Greg Rucka and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (LOVE & BASKETBALL, BEYOND THE LIGHTS), THE OLD GUARD is a gritty, grounded, action-packed story that shows living forever is harder than it looks.


Brand New Lillia Lessev Single, Heartless, Is A Get-up-dust-yourself-off Anthem!

Emerging singing sensation Lillia Lessev, who wowed crowds at Jacaranda Day in 2018, has just released a catchy new single and fans are crazy about it!

HEARTLESS was written and composed by the sixteen-year-old herself. The song is about how people tend to make assumptions and pass judgment without getting to know someone or understand what they are going through.

The young singer-songwriter says she was inspired to write HEARTLESS because people sometimes feel misjudged and misunderstood. “I used to get really stressed out about other people’s opinions of me, but then realised how little people actually know about me. I’ve also learnt that you can never truly judge who a person is just by how they act around you. This inspired me to write Heartless, which is about how people can be quick to aim their judgements and words at others, and how that can hurt. However, eventually you realise that the opinions of these people shouldn’t matter. You learn to ignore the false words of people who are simply projecting their own insecurities onto you.”

Lillia started vocal training with Jolanda Becker at the age of twelve. “I have come a very long way since then,” she admits. “My musicality and voice have improved incredibly!” Inspired to start writing her own songs, the young singer realised that she would need to learn how to play an instrument to achieve her goals. This is when she got a guitar, marking the start of her singer-songwriter journey. To improve her songwriting and adding to her musical skillset, Lillia recently also started taking piano and ukulele lessons.

The rising young star released her debut single, Heartbeat, in 2018. Shortly, thereafter, she got the opportunity of a lifetime. “A family friend recommended that I enter my song in a competition on Jacaranda FM. I didn’t think I stood a chance, but I entered anyway and, unbelievably, I won with my very first single! As a result, I got to perform at Jacaranda Day 2018, which was an experience I will never forget. I also had my first radio interview and I performed on Friday Live.”

Lillia subsequently released two more singles – Losing My Mind and Rusted. The latter was entered into The UK Songwriting Contest, where it reached the finals in two categories. “I also entered Rusted in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) in Nashville and was named a finalist in this competition and received an honourable mentioned certificate. This was very exciting as there were 18 000 entries from around the world!”

According to Lillia, each song she writes has a special place in her heart. Heartless is especially dear to her. She says: “HEARTLESS talks about things that I still think about and deal with daily, and I’m sure many other people do, too. I like to think of it as my ‘warrior anthem’. I am very proud of how the song turned out.”

As a get-up-dust-yourself-off anthem, Lillia believes that listeners will not only enjoy the single’s upbeat, catchy tune, but will also be able to relate to the deeper message.

“I want people to connect with my songs and to feel something when they listen to them. I have songs that I love to listen to when I feel a certain way because I relate to them and I connect with them on an emotional level. I want my songs to do that for people,” she says.

Lillia is part of a family in which music has a very special place and has had the opportunity to explore the musical world from a young age.

The artist is and has always been encouraged by her parents to seek her own style and to keep the originality of her music. “They have always given me the opportunity to chase my dreams and taught me to follow my heart, no matter what others might think or say.”

As for musical influences, hers are constantly changing. “I like to listen to lot of different music, but I do have favourite artists, such as Taylor Swift, Grace VanderWaal, Troye Sivan and Birdy. At the moment, Taylor Swift is undoubtedly my biggest inspiration.” As for local artists, she would love to work with Jeremy Loops.

Her biggest challenge, she admits, is time management. “I’m still figuring out how to manage my time effectively and find a balance between my music and school, but I always find time to do the thing that I love!”

With tons of talent, passion and tenacity, Lillia’s favourite quote by Walt Disney couldn’t be more apt: “All dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”

HEARTLESS is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Deezer, Google Play and YouTube.