Ringo to per­form at Ekurhu­leni Comes Alive Jazz fes­ti­val

Fans can ex­pect a spir­i­tual, rhyth­mic jour­ney

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RINGO MADLINGOZI is set to wow his fans at the next Ekurhu­leni Comes Alive Jazz evening.

The Son­dela hit­maker will be mak­ing this per­for­mance one to re­mem­ber.

“A Ringo concert is not just a per­for­mance. It is an in­tensely spir­i­tual, rhyth­mic and heal­ing jour­ney that takes you with me to the heights of one­ness with all that is in the uni­verse.”

The song­writer and pro­ducer said it was a unique jour­ney of the soul and it was through this ex­pe­ri­ence that the mu­sic was able to heal.

“My mother gave me the nick­name Ringo be­cause of my singing and drum­ming talents, some­thing I started to show from age three,” he said.

His nick­name is bro­ken down into five el­e­ments: R for rhythm, I for In­spir­ing, N for Nurturing, G for Great and O for Orig­i­nal. He breaks down his name to bring the mes­sage of his mu­sic across.

“The mu­sic and the mes­sages in it are in­spir­ing to the mind and soul of those who have em­braced it and al­lowed it to touch them.”

It is in his mu­sic that mes­sages of love of one per­son for an­other, of love be­tween na­tions and all mem­bers of the hu­man race are ex­pressed. Madlingozi has nur­tured young ta­lent and en­cour­aged them to pur­sue great­ness and to re­alise their dreams.

Part of his mis­sion is to leave a legacy of a rich cul­tural and mu­si­cal her­itage for gen­er­a­tions that will live long af­ter his era.

Mak­ing mu­sic is al­ways a spir­i­tual ex­pe­ri­ence for Madlingozi.

Some­times, when a rhythm comes to mind, he will record it in stu­dio but won’t re­mem­ber singing it dur­ing the record­ing.

“Th­ese mo­ments are deeply emo­tional, phys­i­cally and men­tally drain­ing. Songs such as Ku­zol­unga, Nkqo-Nkqo, and Vuka Sula are ex­am­ples of songs that re­sult from such an ex­pe­ri­ence.”

His fan base, which is spread through young and old, will ex­pe­ri­ence some of th­ese songs when he per­forms on Fri­day evening at the Birch­wood Ho­tel in Boks­burg.

It will be one for the books as his son, Phila, will be the open­ing act for the night. Phila has man­aged to carve a name for him­self as an ac­tor on a num­ber of tele­vi­sion shows, out­side of his fa­ther’s il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer. The singing ta­lent did not fall too far from the tree as the young star first came into the spot­light af­ter be­ing on M-Net’s Idols.

Also per­form­ing on the Jazz Comes Alive stage will be Sis­ter H, co­me­di­ans The Hit Man and Siya Seya and the res­i­dent MC Hector Mo­ti­va­tor. Tick­ets to the show cost R450 a per­son.

PIC­TURE: LEFTY SHIVAMBU

LIVE: Ringo per­form­ing his two-leg live concert at Spoor­net State Theatre in Pre­to­ria in this 2003 photo.

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