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Eastern Cape: MXO
Port Elizabeth born and bred MXO (real name Mxolisi Lokwe) took a train in 1999 to the "city of gold" to pursue his musical career, and he has never looked back. Soon after his arrival in Johannesburg, MXO started performing at nightclubs and various other gigs in Hillbrow, Berea, Yeoville and Melville. It wasn´t long before he met the award-winning Afro-pop singer Ringo Madlingozi, who gave him valuable lessons on the rich artistry and creativity of the people of Jozi.
Later on he hooked up with Sliq Angel, and together they formed the innovative duo Roots 2000, resulting in a series of performances at venues like Club 206, Woodstock, Arts Alive, Oppikoppi and Bassline. Judging by the large number of gig invitations, there was doubt that Johannesburg had fallen head over heels in love with the duo´s captivating music - even though they never actually recorded their own album.
But the burning desire to do their own soon caught up with both MXO and Sliq Angel, subsequently marking the end of Roots 2000. In 2001 MXO met DJ Blaze, and together they released "Another Day" through Sony BMG. The critically acclaimed album, which features songs written by MXO, was an instant success. It´s success gave MXO an opportunity to open for the acclaimed American band known as "Incognito" among other things.

My Artists Sessions

Monday, February 6

13:45 SAST

17:00 SAST