Bozoe fulfills childhood dream

Zimbabwean-born Bothwell Nkomo has fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming an Afro Jazz musician. Known as Bozoe, he is inspired by popular South African jazz musician Ringo Madlingozi.

Bothwell Nkomo -now a Afro Jazz star
Bothwell Nkomo -now a Afro Jazz star

In 2000, Nkomo got his first recording experience with his school choir as their lead singer. The Bulawayo-born musician said the love of music had prompted him to pursue a degree in creative arts communications and multimedia as a Sound major at Amakhosi Township Square cultural centre.

“I had no choice as this kept on haunting me until I met Madlingozi, who introduced and trained me much deeper into the world of Afro Jazz and music at large. Even though searching this master of jazz took me almost a year, at last it paid dividends,” he said.

He met Madlingozi after the intervention of South African Broadcasting Corporation. “Madlingozi mentored me from a distance with other Jazz musicians the likes of Themba Mkhize and Tu Nokwe, having a direct practical hand in his economic and technical growth,” Bozoe told The Zimbabwean.

In 2010 Bozoe did the biggest highlight of his career, a Fifa World Cup gig at the Piazza in Monte Casino and a charity recording project courtesy of the Bay Recorders association of California in USA.

He has toured Zambia, Lesotho and Botswana and performed in various national and international festivals. In 2011 he released his debut album uDumo. It has received extensive airplay in African and European radio stations.

In 2014 he released a re-mastered version of the same album after it was remodeled and revamped by the SABC Rbf studios. Bozoe’s biggest ambition is to have top gigs in Europe. He co-owns Artists Haven and The Voice Lab with the late Rose Mashego.

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