Who Is MeZZo?
His music marries different generations and speaks to a diverse audience.
His latest album Aint No Messing Around is a mixture of soul, inspirational and Afro Pop songs.
MeZZo is child of the Eastern Cape soil of South Africa..
He hails from Breidbach, King William’s Town.
MeZZo grew up in a seamless society where all people of colour mingled and shared the same sport and music heroes.
His music bears testament to a vibrant life away from the apartheid society where people who loved people were the happiest people in South Africa.
MeZZo ‘s music is indeed Timeless and inculcate different cultures -- from the unique Afro-Cape-Latin Slow Jam Age Is Just A Number to the classical African wedding songs – Ungo Wam and She’s So Cheeky.
This distinguished vocalist, who early in his life put a potentially glittering musical career on hold to pursue a career in journalism, has finally emerged from the shadows.
MEZZO’s first release – appropriately dubbed TIMELESS, is a titillating marriage of diverse African sounds with a sprinkle of old-school soul.
In true MeZZo fashion, he first honed his vocal and songwriting prowess under the watchful eye of the master architect of musical hybrids – RJ Benjamin. MeZZo has been auditioned and chosen by the multi-award-winning Benjamin for his Born To Sing Pro vocal course.
His music is a melodic, foot-stomping celebration of South Africa’s diversity with a sprinkle of soul gold dust. The versatility of this singer-songwriter shines through in UngoWam and She’s So Cheeky. He’s comfortable singing in isXhosa, isiZulu and Afrikaans.
MeZZo plies his trade at the public broadcaster, the SABC, in a creative capacity. He is a news bulletin writer for Afrikaans TV News, and he voices news packages.
His delightful vocals and harmonies speak to a multilingual audience and stretch beyond borders. In UngoWam and She’s So Cheeky the velvety harmonies of SABC colleague Hope Zulu adds sparkle and an authentically indigenous ring to the songs.
Whether you experience his music as soul, Afro Pop, South African fusion, Afro Vibes or Afro Rhythms, it will make your feet do the singing.
In She’s So Cheeky they honour three South African musical giants –- The Prince, JabuKhanyile of Bayete fame, The Wild Dog, Coyote from Stimela and the Queen of Maskandi, BusiMhlongo.
A strong Cape Jazz influence –- including a uniquely Cape Minstrel banjo sound -- resonates in UngoWam.
Mark, a distinguished keyboardist, rubbed shoulders with the best – amongst others Bongo Maffin, ThandiswaMazwai, Danny K, KB, Stoan and Speedy.
MEZZO’ music is unorthodox and bold ... yet intoxicatingly authentic.