Johannesburg, South Africa – Friday, 21 May 2021- Leagan Starchild realizes his five-year dream in the making with new EP, Ekyoto.
Instrumentalist and producer to the stars, Leagan Starchild has realized his five-year dream in the making with the release of his debut EP, Ekyoto.
After years serving as the ear behind some of our favourite songs, Leagan has taken the leap of faith and produced an EP which showcases his musical style.
Ekyoto is an eight-track EP which beautifully ebbs and flows from one layered track to the other.
Ekyoto features friends of the young star, who started developing the body of work with him in 2019 just after he joined the UMG family and it was recorded from different places of the world. It’s a collection of stories from friends who believe in the live elements of music and is a celebration of Jazz in the new world.
Speaking on the purpose of the EP, Leagan explains that:
“I need my music to help people grow and contribute positively to society. There is a lot happening in life, and we need to cherish love, patience and care for others.”
Ekyoto is an eight-track EP that consists of natural elements which permeate throughout the record. From the sounds of sea waves, the wind rustling through the trees, birds chirping and people chattering in the distance.
His songs are a conduit that connects music lovers with the orchestra of nature and its beauty when undisturbed in its glory. It’s a soundtrack of the streets and at the pulse and rhythm of everyday life punctuated with spiring messages of affirmation and positivity.
Already released singles from the EP include, Fiend, I’ll Be There and Shine. Gems that can be found on the project include The Prayer, Find Your Way, Choose Your You, So Long and What A Feelin’,
Leagan was born Leagan John Bredain Tygerberg Hospital 35 years ago and grew up in Parow before moving to Johannesburg when he was three years old.
He comes from a musical family. His father Johan was a bassplayer for The Rockets, the famous Cape Town band while his mother Letitia was a singer.
The family relocated to Johannesburg living in Hillbrow, then Randburg and eventually Sundowner in the north of the city. Leagan showed signs of following in the footsteps of his parents early on in his life. He played drums, but also loved soccer and went as far as provincial colours and playing for Kaizer Chiefs junior team.
He also reached provincial level in cricket, but music would win the day, largely because a knee injury grounded him. When he got to standard 6 (grade 8) he struggled with school especially subjects like accounting. He asked his father if he could study music and reckoned that returning to his first love as a drummer would provide him with longevity.
Off he went to the National School of the Arts where he excelled. He completed high school in three years doing standard 8 and 9 in one year. Looking back, Leagan says this was a blessing that saved him.
Leagan’s first gig as a drummer was with kwaito superstar Kabelo Mabalane in 2003. From there he landed other gigs with the likes of Loyiso Bala, Locnville, Liraand guitar great Victor Masondo became his mentor as they did gigs together.
He went as far as calling Leagan ‘the future of the country’. Leagan lived up to expectations. He secured the spot as a drummer in the Idols SA band that he has kept for eight years until presently. He plays percussion during theatre week.
He calls the gig ‘challenging and an amazing platform’ with new music he has to rehearse week after week for all the finalists.