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.

Posts

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MXO added 15 new videos

Travelling Without Moving
Funky (Interlude)
What Would It Take
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MXO added 34 new videos

Zandiy'bone
Zandibone
Bring Them Back to Life
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MXO added 50 new videos

Anointing
Ndim Nanku Lo
Celebrate
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MXO added 49 new videos

Carpe Diem / Zandiybone Medley (Live at Afro Bru)
Push on Me
Candy Pain

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)
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Zama Ft Msaki
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03 heyo
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01 push on me
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03 Delilah
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LOVE SPECIAL
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FEVER REMIXED BY DJ KABILA
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MXO WITH MANDOZA
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MXO FT BLACK COFFEE
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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

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

Contact

0737983055
Lungelo Makatini

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