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Mafikizolo's Theo takes solo route

By unknown | Dec 19, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

Theo Kgosinkwe, the other half of Afro-pop duo Mafikizolo, has released his first solo album - and he says it defines him as a solo artist.

Kgosinkwe makes it clear that the album, I am, is no threat to Mafikizolo. Nhlanhla Nciza, the other Mafikizolo member who also went solo early this year.

"Some people might see it as negative but I don't," Kgosinkwe says. "I see it as something positive.

"This is something that shows the growth of individual Mafikizolo members. For example, whenever we perform together as Mafikizolo, we bring together our individual experiences to make our act tight.

"Though Nhlanhla and I are now also solo artists we get more gigs as Mafikizolo than as individuals.

"For instance, we are going to perform in Nigeria on Monday - the first time that Mafikizolo has a gig in that country."

Turning to his album, the songwriter, dancer and vocalist says it contains Afro-jazz, Afro-pop and house music to showcase his versatility as an artist.

"People have only known me as an Afro-pop artist but I have always been a songwriter and vocalist with production skills as well," he says.

"I have written songs for Busi Mhlongo, Thembisile and other artists too."

In I am, Kgosinkwe used the production skills of the Jaziel Brothers, Black Coffee, Don Laka and Wax, among others, while he himself gave musical direction to the 16-piece album as executive producer.

Today he performs at the Black Diamond Party at the Rivito Lapa in Kimberley.


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