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The Cape Town singer Ringo Madlingozi is bringing his special sound to Joburg, a mix of contemporary rhythms and traditional Xhosa guitar.
AFRO-POP singer Ringo Madlingozi has a Valentine’s Day treat in store for his many Joburg fans – he will serenade them with the soothing sounds of Xhosa ballads.

Ringo is performing at BasslineThe singer-songwriter will perform at Mega Music Warehouse in Newtown on Saturday, 29 January, in an early Valentine’s Day concert.

It’ll be a night of love, dancing and good tunes, and Madlingozi promises his fans an “unforgettable evening”.

“I am guaranteeing a 100 percent electric show with my band. I appeal to my fans who are planning to come to the show to be emotionally prepared for a roller coaster ride as I will be belting out hit after hit from all my popular albums.”

The Cape Town-born singer says his mission is to spread the message of love through music, to revive the spirit of togetherness and to fill the hearts of the destitute.

Madlingozi is one of the few singers who produce music in an African language, and has international recognition. He came to the public’s attention with his band, Peto, which won the Shell Road to Fame contest in 1986. Later he formed Gecko Moon, but it was his debut solo album, Vukani, released in 1996, that cemented his status. It literally means “wake up”.

Since then, he has won several awards, among them Samas and Koras, and has worked with some big names internationally, among them Miriam Makeba and UB40, the British pop and reggae band.

The “Ringo sound”, as it is known, is his own mix of contemporary rhythms and traditional Xhosa guitar.

Tickets for Madlingozi’s concert are R120; for more information, visit the singer’s Facebook group. The concert is on Saturday night, and doors open at 6pm.

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