SOUTH Africa’s Ringo Madlingozi says he wants to do more collaborations with Zimbabwean artistes.
The Into Yami hit-maker said plans to collaborate with sungura maestro Alick Macheso and afro jazz artiste Victor Kunonga hit a brick wall as the deals did not come to fruition.
“I need to do a song with other Zimbabwean artistes as I’ve only done one with Tuku. I thought I’d do another with Macheso but that didn’t materialise, I don’t know where he is.
“I also wanted to work with Victor Kunonga but I saw that he was working with Bra Hugh Masekela,” Madlingozi said.
The multi-award winner was in the country for a pre-Valentine’s show with Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi at the Large City Hall last Friday. He, however, had to ride solo as Tuku fell ill at the last hour.
Although he put up an energetic performance, his stage presence could not lift the crowd with many leaving as they felt robbed without the presence of Tuku.
As the night wore on, organisers had to compensate revellers by reducing the cover charge from the stipulated $20 to $15, but that was to no avail as the tempo failed to pick up at the venue.
Ringo, however, wished Tuku a speedy recovery saying he would return for a show where they would perform together to compensate the Bulawayo fans.
“When one is growing older there’re different ailments that get you down. I missed Tuku on the stage and I hope he has a speedy recovery.
“But the show had to go on and I know that we shall perform together at a similar show as we had discussions with the organisers,” Ringo said.
He said back in South Africa, he was assisting up-and-coming artistes such as Zuri who he is working with on her album.