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Ringo Live in Nelson Mandela Bay this August

AUGUST 1, 2016
Ringo Live in Nelson Mandela Bay this August

Afro-pop legend, Ringo Madlingozi, will be performing a hit-filled set for fans on Saturday, 6 August 2016 at the Nangoza Jebe Hall (Centenary Hall) in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth.  The show, produced and brought to the Bay by Lineout and Ibhongolethu Productions, starts at 19:30 and tickets are available at Computicket.

Women’s month will be celebrated in grand style in Nelson Mandela Bay, with the ‘King of African Love Songs’ as the headline act, performing with his full band in an thrilling entertainment programme on 6 August. Ringo drew a capacity crowd when he last appeared at the same venue in Port Elizabeth two years ago. When asked what the PE crowd could look forward to, Ringo mentioned hits such as Sondela, Kum NAKUM, Ino Yam and UDoli. 

“The rest is a surprise and my fans will love them.  I can't wait to come and entertain them. They must bring their dancing shoes,” Ringo said.

Renowned national act, the popular female artist, Lesedi Dipheko, who goes by the stage name “Zuri” will be performing alongside Ringo.  Top local artists such as “Legato” and “Cookin’ ‘n Steamin’” with lead vocalist Kay Mosiane who has graced the stage alongside Hugh Masekela, Gloria Bosman and Thandiswa Mazwai, will form the supporting lineup.

Having recently performed at this year’s National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, the Cape Town born singer, storyteller, who has dominated the South African music scene with his memorable Afro-pop melodies, comes to Port Elizabeth for a much-anticipated performance. He has had a long and illustrious music career starting in the dusty streets of Gugulethu, showing off his musical talent from the tender age of three, to winning the Shell Road to Fame music competition with his band, Peto.

Ringo Madlingozi, is a legendary, award-winning South African musician who has won several SAMA and Kora Music Awards; produced and released 10 albums and 2 live DVD’s; and has toured extensively locally and internationally. 

Ringo’s first album, Vukani (Wake Up!) was released in 1996, during which year he also served as a support act when Papa Wemba toured South Africa. The addition of a contemporary sound while still being grounded in the tradition of the Xhosa guitar, cemented what has now become known as the “Ringo” sound. “It took 12 years to release an album that expresses the real me,” Ringo says.

The sound has found its expression in several other releases, each one building on the success of the last. They’ve earned Ringo several awards, including Best Male Vocalist in 1998 and 1999 at the South African Music Awards as well as Best Male Artist (Southern Africa) and Best Male Artist (South Africa) and Best Male Vocalist (African Continent) at the 1998 and 1999 Kora awards respectively.

Ringo is well loved and has a fan-base of millions, many of whom have affectionately crowned him the King of Love Songs. He remains a sough after act on the performing circuit of South Africa.

In his music are messages of love of one person for another, of love between nations and all members of the human race. He speaks of forgiveness and unity amongst humanity. In many ways he has expressed his views on political and social challenges and injustices that have wreaked havoc in the mother continent and elsewhere in the world.  Appreciated for his rhythm, inspirational lyrics, nurturing personality, greatness and originality, his soulful performances leave audiences energised, enthused and captivated by the sound that has touched kings, mesmerized queens, intrigued presidents and inspired the most humble people of all nations.


Ringo has responded to his true calling and vision; that of ‘using the wisdom, love and power of the universe to create music that will heal’ while a large part of his mission is to leave a rich cultural and musical heritage for generations that will live on, long after his era.  A Ringo concert is not just a performance. It is an intensely Spiritual, Rhythmic and Healing journey that takes you with him to the heights of Oneness with all that is in the Universe.

“It is always my pleasure to perform for the Port Elizabeth masses, it is like performing for a home crowd. They love me and I love them” Ringo said.

For further information contact Roslynn on 082 783 4425 or Danny on 071 913 2340.