MXO

Bio

MXO is a South African musician based in Johannesburg.

MXO 'The Real MXO' Lokwe has adorned the South African music industry for over 13 years. He is a visionary and a trailblazer in the artistic scene. His quirky, eccentric and authentic fashion style, matched by his bewitching raspy voice, prove that he is anything but ordinary. His debut single 'Sista Kunjani' intricately showcased his distinct way of moulding Afro-soul, jazz, funk, traditional and modern pop.

In 2004 he released 'Peace of Mind', which marked the arrival of a musical force, spawning multiple hits like 'Zand’iyibone', 'Delilah', 'Nomalizo' and 'Tonight'. Rich with enchanting Xhosa lyrics and immaculately marrying funk, jazz, soul, pop, traditional and rock, he made being an alternative musician popular in a time when it was still misunderstood.

Born and bred in the dynamic city of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, he grew up soaking in the music of Prince, Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Sade, Guru, Caiphus Semenya, Stimela, Fela Kuti, Michael Jackson and early SA bubble gum music. He would mimic his favourite stars, already envisioning a life as a rock star. He later worked at Musica, which became a musicology to him, introducing him to a wide spectrum of artists like Bill Withers, Finley Quaye, Omar Lye-Fook, Jamiroquai and Coldplay. He also gained a deep appreciation for underground music.

As a live act, he chiselled his chops by performing in nightclubs around Johannesburg and at popular artistic hubs Melville, Yeoville and Hillbrow. He developed a bold live persona that made him a crowd favourite. Since then he has shared stages with heavyweights like Hugh Masekela, John Legend, Saul Williams, Incognito, Leandro Lehart, Maxwell and Mandoza. He has also rocked stages in Switzerland, Germany, Brazil, Tanzania, France, Japan and China, to name a few.

He has an extensive discography, with seven studio albums released: 'Another Day' (2003), 'Piece of Mind' (2004), 'I Am Funk' (2007), 'Lost Tapes' (2008), 'Street Pedigree' (2009), 'Sounds in Motion' (2010), 'Mxevolution' (2013), 'Jungle Fever' (2015) and 'MXO and the Peppercorns Compilation and DVD' (2016). With every album he has displayed an admirable artistic growth, which is evident in his 2016 Roots2000 project with Sliq Angel, and now, with 2017 MXO and Friends.

Like a true veteran, the singer has been nominated for numerous awards. He has been nominated at the Channel O Awards, AFRIMAs, SAMAs, MAMAs and won a Metro Award in 2008 for his collaboration with Kwela Tebza for the song 'Better Days'.

The singer loves collaborating with musicians as a way to explore other musical avenues. He has made music with Hugh Masekela, Mandoza, Joe Nina, Blk Sunshine, Tokollo (Magesh), Simphiwe Dana, Trompies, Sliq Angel, 340ml, Glen Lewis, The Floacist (Floetry), Keith Murray, Tumi, AKA, Morafe, Stoan Seate & Apple Seed (Bongo Maffin), Riky Rick, Black Motion, Heavy K, Sliq Angel, Okmalumkoolkat and Black Coffee.

He recently launched a new digital platform, Mlok.co.za, which aims to showcase indie musicians to a wider audience.

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Namina
Bring Them Back to Life
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Zinathi
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Anointing
Ndim Nanku Lo
Celebrate

Music

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MXO-UMNTU UNZULU
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MXO FT FLOACIST(FLOETRY)- THINKIN ABOUT YOU
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MXO- WHAT A DREAM FT MIS BO
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ADORE FT NKOKHI (MASH MIX)
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MXO - THANDO UMKHULU
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MXO FT LIZ OGUMBO (UZOYTHOLA KANJANI)
04:52
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Zama Ft Msaki
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03 heyo
04:26
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01 push on me
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03 Delilah
04:59
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LOVE SPECIAL
03:33
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FEVER REMIXED BY DJ KABILA
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MXO WITH MANDOZA
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MXO FT BLACK COFFEE
06:13
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Zandim bowne!!
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ZINATHI FROM MXEVOLUTION
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MXO FT HEAVY K
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Junkie fever unmixed still live bass brass drums don't chop
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Videos

Thinking about You (Live at Afro Bru)
Umntu Unzulu (Live at Afro Bru)
Zama (Live at Afro Bru)
Vuma
Carpe Diem (Remix)
What a Dream (Live at Afro Bru)
Bring it Back (Live at Afro Bru)
Vuma (Live at Afro Bru)
Thando Umkhulu (Live at Afro Bru)
Victory Song (Live at Afro Bru)
Carpe Diem / Zandiybone Medley (Live at Afro Bru)
Zama (Remix)
What a Dream
Carpe Diem
Thando Umkhulu
Adore (Masho Mix)
Zama
Backroom
Thinking About You
Vuma
Life
Zinathi
Ingelosi
Umntu Unzulu
Carpe Diem
Ingelosi
Adore
Life
Umuntu Unzulu
Zinathi
Thinking About You
Thando Umkhulu
What a Dream
Zama
Joburg Girl
Candy Pain
Mali
Dlala
Oh Wow
Ngelinyi Langa
Legae
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Ndizondiza
Bring Them Back to Life
Love
Travelling Without Moving
Ngubani Gama
Real Thing
Bring Back the Love
Praise of a Woman
Push on Me
Heyo
Fight Club
Good Morning Sunshine
Rare Species
Amazothzo
Zungadishiyi
Change Man
Celebrate
Love Special
Tonight
Wanted
Ndavulumnyango
Oonomathotholo
Jazz Fiesta
Anniversary
Lusizi Ngawe
Wakhathazeku Moya
Nothing to Say
Senzeni Nah
Adore
Zama
Thando Umkhulu
Lavida Loca
Moving on Up
Isdyolo
Fever
Zinathi
Abantwabafani Blues
Muzik
Ndim Nanku Lo
Freaky People
Late Nite Freaking
Joy Lulo
World Song
Mutual Feeling
Kudala
Lavida Loca
Zandibone
Abantwabafani Funk
Good Morning Sunshine
Call Me
Anointing
Bring It Back
Mama Afrika
Good Morning Sunshine
Flavour of the Moment
Muzik
Zandiybone
Zinathi
Push on Me
Celebrate
Sister Kunjani
Tonight
Bring Them Back to Life
Liziwe
Sister Kunjani
Nina
Travelling Without Moving
Khumbul'ekhaya
Zandiy'bone
Better Days
Song for the Hippies
Everything She Likess
Still Remember
Pray
Celebrate
Zandibone
Dlala
What Would It Take
Ndihambil
Emazweni
Oh Wow
Lusizi
Namina
Ntyilo Ntyilo
Lifetime
Keep on Trying
Travelling with Miss Daisy
Mama Afrika
Backroom
Liziwe
Sista Kunjani
Green Leaves
Gotta Go
Melody
Nina
Khumbul'ekhaya
Funky (Interlude)
Kiss Me A Kiss
Tonight
Izolo
Delilah
Peace Of Mind
Nomalizo
Rebel Girl
Zandiy'bone
Zandiy'bone
Sista Kunjani
ZASandton, South Africa
In operation since: 
2003

Contact

0737983055
Lungelo Makatini

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