Joe Nina on the roll

2016-11-02 06:03
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Joe Nina Fo

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Few artists can say that their musical journeys started at the age of three.

Joe Nina, real name Makhosini Henry Xaba, is one of these artists. He is a growing force to be reckoned with in the South African music industry.

Joe Nina is the master producer of popular albums and songs that include “Ding Dong”, which saw him storm music charts in South African in the 1990’s.

The dynamic songwriter and produ-cer is set to perform live over two days, 11 and 12 November, at the Diamond Lil’s at the Windmill Casino in Bloemfontein.

He will be hosted alongside other artists who expects to take a leaf from the versatile singer.

Joe Nina is expected to showcase his musical ability performing some of his first original favourites, such as “Rose of the Road”, “Sbali Awudeli” and “True to form” as well as some new content on the Diamond Lil’s stage.

As one of South Africa’s Kwaito pioneers, Joe Nina has also achieved great success as an Afro-soul musician, but is not limited to any of these genres.

His latest CD, Back Together for Life, has everything from township groove to hip-hop and fusion to reggae.

This album is a testimony of Joe Nina’s versatility and rich music background.

He has come from humble beginnings in the Kwa-Themba Township in the East Rand where he was born, to becoming a mega star, owning his own recording company, writing a soundtrack for the movie Jump the gun, and starring in it by the age of 24.

Joe Nina’s father, Solomon Xaba, was a guitar and saxophone player during the heydays of Sophiatown, while his mother, Lettie, did backing vocals for his father’s band, the Shamings.

He said his parents used to take him along to shows where he was happy to learn. They would also travel as far as Swaziland, living the musical dream.

Learning to play the drums and singing under the excellent coaching of his father, Joe Nina gradually developed and discovered his own musical talent. By age 14 he could play the piano and at 16 he announced his intentions to pursue a musical career.

Joe Nina has been on fire ever since and never looked back.

Tickets for the show are available at the Windmill’s cash desk at R200 per person. The shows start at 18:00.

No persons under the age of 18 years will be allowed in the audience.

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