Ringo riding a jazz high

LIKE many other music lovers I have not seen Ringo Madlingozi on stage for a while, but the minute I heard he was going to be part of the Oude Meester Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz Evening, I knew whoever attended was in for a good time.

LIKE many other music lovers I have not seen Ringo Madlingozi on stage for a while, but the minute I heard he was going to be part of the Oude Meester Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz Evening, I knew whoever attended was in for a good time.

The usual jazz pilgrimage takes place on the first Friday of the month, which happens to be this very Friday, at 7.30pm.

Known for his inspired homegrown ballads, the man has perfected the art of wrapping women around his little finger. He sings about love in a language everyone understands.

He prides himself on the richness of idiom and poetry guaranteed to make women swoon with devotion at the altar of his balladeering.

Obviously in good company, he will be performing alongside the pretty, elegant and talented Nhlanhla Nciza. She blazed a strong musical trail with Mafikizolo. When she spread her wings by dropping her debut album, many people thought she was lost.

But two albums down the line she has proven her talent, ability to entertain, sing in her own language and still impress. So much so that she is one of those artists who is forever off on a plane to perform in Britain and around the world.

Then there is Mathapelo, a woman close to Ringo's heart. Today the lady is carving out a niche of her own.

Better still, she is becoming moulded and polished, thanks to her close relationship with and support from Ringo.

Afrotraction might not cause a musical quake on stage yet but they are getting there.

Showcasing at this highly sought-after platform will not open corporate gigs' doors for them, but it will launch them in a big way.

This year-end jazz shindig is going to be the best, thanks to a scintillating lineup.

Don't forget your dancing shoes.

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