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SOUTH African mu­sic heavy­weights, Ringo Madlin­gozi, Liq­uideep and Mango Groove will be head­lin­ing this year’s Africa Day con­cert on May 25 at Dur­ban’s ICC Arena.

The con­cert, which gets un­der way at 6.30 pm, is part of this year’s African Re­nais­sance Fes­ti­val.

Mbaqanga artist, Madlin­gozi, who has 10 stu­dio al­bums, two live CDDVDs and one com­pi­la­tion al­bum to his name, set the coun­try ablaze when he won the Shell Road to Fame con­test with his friends and fel­low band mem­bers, Peto, back in 1986.

He later formed a group called Gecko Moon with Alan Cameron, a fel­low Peto mem­ber and since re­leas­ing his de­but solo al­bum, Vukani, he has been nom­i­nated for and scooped mul­ti­ple awards for his al­bums at the South African Mu­sic Awards (Sama) and the Kora All African­can Mu­sic Awards, where, among oth­ers, he won the best male artist in south­ern Africa and the African con­ti­nent awards.

Mango Groove has been per­form­ing its unique blend of African marabi, kwela and pop since the re­lease of its first iconic multi-plat­inum re­lease in 1989. The Mango sound aims to give fans sim­ple and ac­ces­si­ble songs, grooves and melodies draw­ing on the rich legacy of South African ur­ban mu­sic forms from the for­ties and fifties.

Liq­uideep is made up of singer­song­writer-pro­ducer Ziyon and DJpro­ducer Ry­zor, who hooked up in 2007 over a mu­tual lovee ofof hook-hook-lad-laden, melod­i­cally richrich,h, deep house mu­sic.

Just two years lat­err they caught the at­te­nat­ten-tion­tion of the nation withh the track, Fairy­taleFairy­tale, e, which was play-listedd on ev­ery ma­jor sta­tionn in South Africa, played on any dance floor worth its salt, re­ceived a Sama nom­i­na­tion for song of the year andd won a Chan­nel O Mu­s­icc Video Award for mosmost gifted dance video. LasLast year the duo re­leasedd their de­but al­bu­mal­bum,m, Fab­rics Of The Heart­Heart, t and shared stages with Amer­i­can su­per­stars Akon and Angie StoneS­tone. e.

Tick­ets for the Africa a Day con­cert are R70 0 through­out (no con­ces­sions) at Com­puticket.

— Arts Edi­tor. • For more in­for­ma­tion about the full African Re­nais­sance pro­gramme, e-mail re­cep­[email protected] or phone 031 266 9792.


Mango Groove is one of the head­lin­ing acts at this year’s Africa Day con­cert at the ICC in Dur­ban. Liq­uideep will bbe per­form­ing at the AAfrica Day con­cert in DDur­ban on May 25. Mbaqanga artist, Ringo Madlin­gozi, will be wow­ing fans.

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