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MXO (South Africa)  
MXO @ the Cape Town International Jazz Festival © Eugene Arries

MXO was born in Kwa-dwesi, Port Elizabeth in 1978. Singing began quite naturally for him as a young child growing up in the township and participating in both school choir and the scout choir. It was the musical legends such as Letta Mbulu, Hugh Masikela, Miriam Makeba as well as the social and political climate of the early 1980's that influenced the youngster and he was part of two groups - Black Power Crew and Lil Homies - that were in demand throughout Port Elizabeth.

Financial difficulties and plans to pursue a career in music brought MXO to Johannesburg in 1999. After meeting up with numerous artists, he eventually linked up with DJ Blaze and his Unity Recordings and before long was gaining his fame in J-sec by performing at venues like the Bassline, Horror Cafe Monday Blues and other underground poetry and Hip-Hop spots including Jungle Connection, the Couch and Coffee, and more.
Genre: afropop

MXO then performed alongside artists like Blk Sonshine, Brenda Fassie, Moses Molelekwa and more, and during this time, connected with Sliq Angel, another aspiring solo artist.

After they performed together at an open mic session, the formation of Roots 2000 was inevitable and the duo performed at many gigs (Jazz Arts Festival 2000, OppiKoppi) and was featured on many radio and television stations.

ng his debut ep, 'Another Day', in 2003, marking the arrival of an artist working outside the boundaries of conventional genres to create an Afrocentric sound that benefits greatly from an acoustic feel and a hip-hop sensibility as well.

With lyrics that celebrate life, deal with matters of the heart, are fully respectful of women and address issues like violence against women and the HIV/AIDS pandemic, MXO packs a powerful punch.Live, MXO's undeniable sex appeal and naturalness on stage is clear for all to see and together with his band Stone (Sabelo is on the guitar, Msebenzi on Bass, Sifiso on the keyboard, Papi on the Sax and Martin on drums), his shows are a must-see event throughout the country.

Globally, MXO looks set to make an impact. Early this year, he collaborated with Grammy Nominee Jamie Catto for the second One Giant Leap project which brings together artists from all corners of the earth. (for more info please check

Biography - Sony South Africa
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