The Story

MXO’s debut single “Sista Kunjani” intricately showcased his distinct way of moulding afro soul, jazz, funk, traditional and pop, carving a post-modern eclectic genre which was emulated by many young musicians, but never matched.

In 2004 he released “Peace of Mind”, which marked the arrival of a Maverick spawning multiple hits, like Zand’iyibone, Zinathi 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.

Since then he has shared stages with heavyweights like Hugh Masekela, John Legend, Saul Williams, Incognito, Leandro Lehart, Maxwell and Mandoza. The star has also rocked stages in Switzerland, Germany, Brazil, Tanzania, Zambia France, Japan and China, and the USA.

His quirky, eccentric and authentic fashion style, matched by his bewitching raspy voice prove that he is anything but ordinary. Now an icon in the South African music landscape, MXO, is still full of surprises and continuously stretches himself as an artist.

In an era, where some artists fold under the pressures of the music industry, he maintains an admirable originality.

He is still “TheRealMXO”.


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