Ringo Madlingozi Biography
Ringo Madlingozi was born in 1964 in Gugulethu, South Africa. He is a South African musician, songwriter and producer.
Ringo Madlingozi Career
In 1986 he and his band , Peto, won the ‘Shell Road to Fame Music Competition’. He later formed a group called Gecko Moon with Alan Cameron, a fellow Peto member. Their popular hit was Green-Green, which was a crossover track and was well received by music lovers.
He left the band and moved to Johannesburg where he launched his solo career.
In 1996 he released ‘Vukani’ (‘Wake Up’). His music, bundled under the “Afropop” and “crossover” labels, melds elements of traditional Xhosa ukuxhentsa rhythms with contemporary instrumentation, and combines sentiments from the songs of amagqirha traditional healers and lyrics of love, happiness, hope and reconciliation.
He recorded a Xhosa version of UB40‘s “Cover Up” with the band as part of the United Nations global Aids awareness efforts and has co-headlined the North Sea Jazz Festival and New Orleans Jazz Festival.
In May 2003, Ringo Live was recorded at the State Theatre in Pretoria and released in both DVD and CD format in August of the same year. The Ringo Live CD has sold an excess of 150,000 units, reaching multi-platinum status with the DVD selling over 60,000 units.
The DVD was in the top five national charts and top 10 international charts due to its excellent production quality.
He has produced music for the renown artist such as Miriam Makeba ‘Mama Africa’ and Durban Gospel greats Avante. Mama Africa’s CD was nominated and received a number of local and international awards.
Ringo Madlingozi Albums
- 1997: Sondelani
- 2003: Buyisa
- 2003: Mamelani
- 2007: Ndim Lo
- 2009: Ntumba
- 2009: Live 2
- 2009: The Coming of Dawn
- 2009: Into Yam
- 2009: Fight of Revelation
- 2009: Qhubeka
- 2009: Vukani
- 2009: Baleka
- 2010: Jayiva Sbali
- 2010: Ringo
- 2012: Ringo No Ringo
- 2013: Il Cavaliere nero
- 2014: Vulani
- 2017: Smile
Ringo Madlingozi Songs
- Nkqo Nkqo
- Kum Nakum
- Uthando Novuyo
- Madiba- Soul of the Nation
- Kwa- Tuku
- South Africa
- Green Green/ Emijondolo
- Kwa Tuku
- Iyo Leyo
- Cape Town
- Hey Ntombi
- Uthando Lobugqi
- Cover Up/Qaphela
- Tshika We
- Nanini Na
- Into Yam
- Askies Joe
Ringo Madlingozi Awards
- 1998: Best Male Vocalist at South African Music Award
- 1999: Best Male Vocalist at South African Music Award
- 1999: Best Male Artist, Southern Africa at Kora All Africa Awards
- 1999: Best Male Vocalist; African continent at Kora All Africa Awards
Ringo Madlingozi Philanthropy
He has been involved with the community in the following centres Takalani Home for the Disabled in Soweto, Sinethemba Home in Benoni, Van Rijn Place of Safety in Benoni, Siyazigabisa Home of Hope in Thembisa and in Port Elizabeth, Enkuselweni Place of Safety.
In Enkuselweni, Ringo works with the youth to motivate them and give financial assistance in the form of donations and benefit concerts.
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At Van Rijn he has been doing the same and assisting them with music training and together with Sindi Dlathu of Muvhango fame, they also coached the kids in Dance. He has assisted a few times with collecting clothes for and giving Christmas gifts to the children there.
In Takalani home he has given entertainment for the residents in the form of free unplugged sessions and also gives food and financial donations whenever necessary.
At Sinethemba he guides and motives the kids and accompanies them to their school functions, such as Matric Dances. He assists with buying clothes and gifts for the children.
He started the Adapt a Child Project, where a person supports an orphaned child together with Nkosi Ngubane.
He has been given ambassadorship for HIV/AIDS and Anti-Women and Child Abuse Campaign by the Gauteng Department of Social Welfare.
He has also worked with Khuluma Ndoda, an anti-women abuse movement started by actor Patrick Shai.
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