MXO returns to East Cape roots with a record label

Zandile Mbabela

PORT Elizabeth-born musician and actor Mxolisi “MXO” Lokwe would like to help the city’s budding artists by giving them a platform through his own record label.

After being voted off the hit reality television show, Survivor South Africa: Maldives, last Thursday, MXO can now shift his focus back to music.

The 31-year-old singer, originally from KwaDwesi, described his Survivor experience as one in a lifetime.

“I had been cooped up in the studio for way too long, so the opportunity came knocking at the right time,” he said.

“I took it as a holiday and had lots of fun.”

The reluctant celebrity told how he got along more with the plebs than with the celebs.

“I just couldn’t do the ego-brushing that celebrities like, which is why I had no close relations with the others. We just weren’t close,” he said.

He spent nearly a month in the Maldives, during which he lost 12kg. He went on a mission to regain the weight after being booted off the island.

“I had lost a tremendous amount of weight and even got to work on my six-pack, but I was not comfortable with all that weight loss, so I’ve since gained 7kg,” he said.

“I don’t want to walk around looking like a laaitie. It must show that I’m a grootman,” he joked.

An ardent believer in the term “charity begins at home”, MXO said he wanted to work with Eastern Cape-based musos who were hungry for the big time by taking them under his MLok Entertainment wing.

“I’m looking forward to finding new acts from areas like Zwide, Motherwell and KwaDwesi,” he said.

Already under his record label are Eastern Cape DJ Mr Sim, and TKZee member Tokollo “Magesh” Tshabalala’s brothers, under the group name Casinova.

MXO called on the city’s arts and culture department to support local artists and “show some patriotism” when booking acts for concerts in the city.

He said he had only heard about the recent Nelson Mandela Bay Music Festival and was surprised that he was not called for either a quote or a booking.

The singer said he would be in the Bay for about two weeks “soon” to launch his upcoming album and do possible gigs at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and Club 52 on Parliament.

The album’s name had not yet been decided, but the artist said he was still mulling over MXO Revolution or MXO Evolution.

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