Maxwell wants to perform into his 70s

2013-12-07 15:04

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Maxwell believes his music has become better with age – and he plans to continue the trend well into his 70s.

While he is busy with his second album for the BLACKsummers’night trilogy, Maxwell has spared some time to grace our shores with concerts in Cape Town, Joburg and Durban.

Speaking to City Press ahead of the Joburg show tonight, Maxwell said his ultimate goal was to be like Harry Belafonte, Sammy Davis Junior and Tito Puente, who performed well into their 70s.

The smooth crooner of This Woman’s Work fame turned 40 this year and says it has given him some perspective as an artist.

Reinventing himself over the years is no coincidence, says the man who was once a wild-haired falsetto singer. “You think I’m the guy with the Afro and I tried to change that up.”

The singer says the concert will be a “progressive show with a new set list” but fans can also look forward to hearing songs they know and want to hear.

Excited about being in the country, he says he was inspired by a previous visit to Bloemfontein.

“I come from America and even though we’ve made great strides, I think that soul music wouldn’t be soul music if it wasn’t for the history and experience that black people experienced in America but when you go to Africa you see that you’re coming from somewhere and that you’re part of something … you definitely come to acknowledge that that comes from the soul,” he says.

Maxwell performs at the Coca-Cola Dome in Joburg tonight and at the Wave House in Durban on Monday.

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