He is a man full of jokes and once you meet him you will see that there is never a dull moment with him around. Musician Ringo Madlingozi (52) is a happy man who makes sure his presence makes people happy. Sitting down with Move! at a Sandton hotel, he shares the joke that he’s always mistaken for Ringo’s son. “I always get confused for Ringo’s son but I go with the flow because it shows I have good genes,” he laughs.
HIS APPROACH TO FATHERHOOD
The father of seven says he is honest with his children and does not hide the fact that the music industry is not as glamorous as it looks. “I warn my children that the industry might look attractive and nice to be part of, but it is not for the faint-hearted, it can break your heart,” he says. “I told them that it is not everyone who gets lucky as an artist and gets the recognition they deserve. Sometimes it takes time or it never happens at all.” He adds, “It takes a very strong person not to lose hope.
I told my children that as much as I am known by many people, I will not do things for them because once I am no longer around who is going to help them.” Admitting that he can be strict at times, Ringo says he acknowledges that his relationship with his own children will change as they grow. “As children grow they become themselves. They make their own rules and choose their ways of doing things,” says the Sondela hit maker. “I allow them to live outside my space. However, I always tell them to stay true to themselves and to know who they are and where they are going.”
EVERYDAY IS A SONG
Loved by many for his charming melodic voice and his heartfelt lyrics, Ringo says he does believe in love. “When I write songs I write about what I see, hear and read about. Everyday is a song for me. But I always try not to write about personal experiences. I write about love because I believe in love, there is nothing that could exist without love,” says the music legend.
LOCAL IS LEKKER
Ringo tells Move! that of the 14 albums that he has released, the last three gave him no joy. Giving advice to up and coming artists, Ringo says the first principle that one should have as an artist is to be able to make music that reflects who they are. “Artists need to give people good music to listen to because they are the ones who help us see our faults and improve our music,” says the Cape Town-born singer. He goes on to say, “The SABC’s 90 percent local music quota is a very good initiative, but I still think it could have been 100 percent because this is our land and we need to have our own music. Sometimes I feel the same music is repeated and not everyone is given a fair chance to be heard. If you are not known, you won’t be heard and that is sad.”