‘I was stranded in park station for days’
LEGENDARY Afro-pop singer, Ringo Madlingozi, never had it easy on his journey to stardom. He was once homeless when he was still trying to break into the music industry, but his family did not know this. He says this went on until he met a woman he moved in with.
MEETING HIS QUEEN
Ringo is known for his serenading voice and as the king of African love songs. He also reveals how he met the queen of his heart.
“After having four children out of wedlock, I thought to myself, ‘it’s a tough world out there and I have to have somebody with me now’,” he says.
“I met this lady; we were in high school together, but I didn’t know her at that time. I always knew there was that girl who was always ahead of me in biology and maths. I didn’t like it. I never wanted anyone to be ahead of me.”
If you think Ringo sang melodies for his lady when he proposed, you are set for disappointment.
“I asked her and said, ‘hey! are you seeing someone, she said no and I said let’s get married’; and we were married,” shares Ringo.
A PROUD FATHER
Ringo, who is a father of seven children, says he is teaching his children about the importance of treating other people the way they want to be treated.
“I always tell my children it’s not like when you have a woman, she is yours or you own her. They must be with someone who adds value to them so that they also add value to them,” he says.
Ringo adds that he is proud of his children because he is unaware of any bad behaviour on their part.
“I don’t know what kind of people they will end up being but as far as I can see, they are good guys. People don’t complain about them. I believe they are on the right track,” he says.
NO PLACE TO STAY
Breaking into the industry was not a walk in the park for Ringo as he faced many struggles. Johannesburg Park Station was once his home.
“I didn’t have a place to stay so I slept at Park Station for about five days without anybody knowing. I never told anyone at home that I actually didn’t have a place to stay,” says Ringo.
He explains that during the day he would walk around Park Station.
“When it was around 9pm, I would go to a club in Bree Street in Joburg to dance until 2am or 3am and then go to my cousin’s house as if I was coming back from some place. I’d then sit on the couch and dose off,” says the Sondela singer.
SUSPICIOUS OF HIS BEHAVIOUR
He managed to keep being homeless a secret for at least a few days until his cousin got suspicious of his behaviour.
“I never told anyone that I didn’t have a place to stay until my cousin said to me that I always go to his house to bath and then leave. He then asked me where I was staying. I just said, ‘Uh somewhere, you know’,” reveals Ringo.