MXO continuing to mix it up
01 January 1970
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Welcome back to Old Mutual Live Radio. My name is Aphiwe Manono and we are in conversation with the musician, singer, songwriter Mxolisi Lokwe and we’ve spoken about everything that is music related. We are now going to focus on Mxolisi’s entering the M-Net reality competition Survivor South Africa in the Maldives in 2011. Mxolisi what was that experience like for you?
Mxolisi Lokwe: No, Aphiwe, you know when they say you know, be careful of what you wish for all the time? I used to be a fan of Survivor and you know I always spoke about it but hey no, I like to be part of this. When the call finally came I couldn’t believe it but you know so that’s why when they said everything you want, just put it out to the universe, it’s always going to come back to you.
It’s always going to reveal itself and yeah, that’s what I did and Survivor for me was a wonderful experience and around that time it was sort of in my sabbatical. I had to go and exorcise my demons, a beautiful transition from a boy to a man too. So there was a lot of things happening and it gave me a peace of mind and so ja, it really helped a lot in my –
AU: In your transition.
MXO: Ja, in my transition, really it will helped a lot because I guess that’s why we’re so proactive and energetic like this because we borrowed another time so we don’t want to waste it. You know what I mean? Yeah, because of that experience.
AU: Ja, now back to the music. You’ve been nominated for some My Metro FM Awards and Channel O and MTV Base Awards.
AU: You’ve also been nominated for SAMA Metro FM Award and Channel O, I mean the list is endless. What does that journey -?
MXO: And the KORA, yeah.
AU: And the KORA, sorry for not mentioning that. That is a huge deal. What does that mean for you when you get recognition from the industry that you’ve worked so hard to get into?
How important is industry recognition?
MXO: Well, it really says you know, to you that you know, you’re doing something right for your peers to recognise and celebrate whilst you’re still alive and for the efforts to be realised. For me you know being nominated and with the awards that I’ve had, that I’ve won, it really was saying that it would be okay.
You know what, you’re the person what to do so now we want to celebrate you so no, it really brought life to me of saying to what I’m doing. I’m not doing it just for free. People are watching out there. I’m a role model and people are inspired by my works so being nominated really meant that to me.
AU: Now you, speaking of the music industry like being nominated for a KORA Award is something, it’s like a league of its own. You are on a league of your own. That means the whole of Africa is on its feet and they are aware that there is Mxolisi Lokwe that is making music purely for Africans by an African. Do you feel like we, what’s your stance when you’re looking at South Africans that are imitating the West and want to sound like the Americans do?
What would you, why do you think we’re losing it because if you really take a closer look the Americans are trying quite hard to sound African themselves even in their music of late and how they dress. How do we turn around the mind of an African child to be brave enough to stand and say, “Listen, this is who I am, this is what I want, this is who I want the world to see me as”?
MXO: Yeah, I mean that’s a really challenge you know as you know our past and the influence of our culture with the whole American invasion and the Euro and us as South Africans for sure. We live in the diverse way so you know even in religion we don’t, we’re not really united like that. When you talk about brothers from Abuja, they’re all doing one thing and they celebrate their own so we still have a long way to go as South Africans especially.
South Africans are celebrating our music culture
But there is the likes of Max Makai now, the likes of Sliq Angel, Black Sunshine and people who are patriotic and about celebrating their roots and culture, Yeah, so I mean no there’s people like the hip hop guys, the Skhanda Republic and they celebrate being African and South African with our township, ghetto mentality.
But for sure they have to speak to their peers in the way their peers will resonate with them and then I guess we, as time goes, we’re all going to be comfortable in our own skin but it’s not going to be that easy. You know the black child must really go and fetch and back to their roots. They need mentors and from that and I’m telling you, with the economy, with the way it stands right now, we need the axe to be influential in many ways.
People are supporting this industry so but people, they won’t buy if it’s not quality so we need to focus on quality inspiring each other, one another. Stage two, it’s a game and make sure you sharpen your art, ja if you want to move in with time so ja any questions?
AU: Now, where can fans catch you next? I know earlier you mentioned that you are going to be, you are busy with a project, the Roots 2000 Project with Sliq Angel which might see you performing at the Bassline soon. But how can fans get a hold of your music and you know how do we get in touch with you? Throw us your Twitter handles, your Facebook, anything, just let us know what is MXO up to next and how do we know what’s next?
Where you can catch MXO
MXO: Yeah, right now we’re working on a business model where people are going to come into our platform and be able to buy our music and buy our tickets to the shows, you know, to our own shows. I mean the social media networks right now have been follow MXO at the real MXO on Instagram on Twitter, on Facebook, so you know uzuso, where I’m at.
Where are we with the Roots 2000 Project. We’re doing big things and we’re not going to stop any time soon so you know, we’re moving up with times. We’re innovative, we’re proactive and we’re loving the music and we do what we love so thanks to you Aphiwe.
AU: Thank you so much for joining us on Old Mutual Radio, MXO. It’s been such a pleasure speaking to you.
AU: Thank you so much my love.