Botswana’s suave Afro Pop crooner, Lizibo together with South Africa’s Pop music veteran turned political activist, Ringo Madlingozi are expected to set the stage alight on Friday night at Botswana Craft. The talented artists will this coming Friday open the 2019 season of the consistent Mascom Live Session.
Both of these exceptional vocalists have managed to capture music fans’ hearts and feed their souls with love and tenderness over the years! Botswana Craft’s Oliver Groth said the upcoming show was part of efforts to define the venue as a place for growing the arts through mature music.
“Botswana Craft seeks to develop art and provide entertainment of high quality as the entertainment venue thrives to provide the fun lovers in the city with high quality performances from local artistes piggy bagged with renowned international acts who are meant for the mature crowd,” he said.
Groth said through their customary Mascom Live Session their aim was to work with corporates to nature upcoming artistes in the country.
“Let’s work together to keep the love alive! With thanks for your continued support of the arts. We are excited to be hosting Ringo Madlingozi and Lizibo on Friday 5th April at 8.00pm sharp. Tickets which sell for P300 are available in advance at Botswana Craft. We thank our partners and sponsors for making the event possible; The Voice, Duma FM, Travelodge, The Gazette, MI5 and Mascom, No 1 because of you!”
The two crooners need no introduction. Lizibo is perhaps Botswana’s most diminutive musician in size, but makes up for the inadequacy by packing a powerful punch melodiously. The Zwenshambe-born serenader continues to vow audiences with his soulful and dulcet singing.
Born Lizibo Glen Simon (tjibelu, kadzasha), the lively crooner is the eldest in his family and has a younger brother named Nlis Thuso Simon. His determination to take his respective talent to the stars has fuelled his success as a musician.
Lizibo admits he hails from a music-inclined family and admittedly by the time he had grown up, he knew that his only path would be music. The multi-award winning artist burst into the Botswana music scene with exhilarating freshness. Lizibo says: ‘My music is a direct representation of my traditions and the lineage of artists that came before me, and I am merely a portrait of their mastery.’
The Malebeswa hitmaker has consistently been making waves thanks to his numerous love songs which continue to dominate the local airwaves.
His counterpart on the other hand, Sindile “Ringo” Madlingozi is one of South Africa’s most popular performers. Born in Cape Town in 1964, Ringo spent his childhood and school days in Gugulethu Township, but finished high school in Umtata in the Eastern Cape. Ringo was musically active from a young age, and while at school led an acapella group which performed at community and youth functions.
He later became vocalist for the group Ikwezi and then Peto, where his unique vocal talents were first recognized nationally. Peto won the national Shell Road to Fame talent competition in 1986, bringing the band – and Ringo – national exposure, with television profile, touring engagements, and the role of support act for the King’s Trust concert in Swaziland that was headlined by Eric Clapton.
Ringo’s first album, ‘Vukani’ (Wake Up!) was released in 1996. That year he also served as a support act when Papa Wemba toured South Africa. His second album, ‘Sondelani’ (get closer) was released late in 1997, and with its themes of reconciliation and national unity, carried a strong message for South African people.
The album achieved double platinum status and established Ringo as a sought-after act on the performing circuit in South Africa. Other albums include ‘Ntumba’ (2009), ‘Jayiva Sbali’ (2010) and most recently ‘Vulani’ (2014).