THREE STEPS WITHIN biography: Lindiwe Maxolo

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As we wrap up the final chapter of the THREE STEPS WITHIN trilogy of biographies, we want to wish the elegant lady of the group Ms Lindiwe Maxolo a very happy birthday.

Befittingly on her special day, THREE STEPS WITHIN which is completed by McCoy Mrubata and Concord Nkabinde, are performing tonight at the State Theatre from 8PM – 11PM. Check out the event article for more information.

As taken from the THREE STEPS WITHIN press release, Lindiwe is regarded as a Vocalist, Composer, Educator & Band Leader. She is a winner of the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters Competition (Afro Vocal Category. Her  debut CD entitled TIME was nominated for a South African Music Award in 2013. She is also as winner of the Mbokodo Award -Women in Jazz, in 2014.

Critics have described her sound as “Jazzy”, “Soulful”, “Lyrical”, “Affirming” and “layered”. According to Lindiwe, her sound is an Acoustic experience that incorporates both African Jazz and Traditional Jazz influences. Lindiwe has been involved with many different styles of music but her main focus remains with Jazz and Gospel music.

Lindiwe Maxolo was born and bred in what was regarded then as the Vaal Triangle, now known as Sedibeng in South Africa. With a background that was rooted in church music, Ms Maxolo felt the need to take her musicianship to a higher level by studying music formally. She went on to graduate Cum Laude in her Honours Degree in Jazz Music from the University of Cape Town.

Lindiwe Maxolo has, for some years now, been working very hard towards establishing herself as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.This is beginning to bear fruit when you look at some of the stages that she has already graced within South Africa and Internationally. She was invited to share the stage with the Legendary Dave Grusin and Lee Ritenour. She has worked with some of the top South African musicians such as Sibongile Khumalo, Themba Mkhize, Joyous Celebration, McCoy Mrubata, Feya Faku, Andile Yenana, to name but a few. Lindiwe also did a country-wide tour with the (O)prah Magazine & Old Mutual’s Find your Balance Workshops. She is also featured as part of Joburg’s top Corporate Jazz Outfit – Chilli&Lime.

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Photo Credit: Sipho Maluka

As an Educator Lindiwe has conducted workshops at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. She is also a Music Educator at the Thaba Jabula Secondary School in Soweto. Internationally she has performed on a number of prestigious platforms: In 2004, together with Award winning Mark Fransman, Lindiwe was part of the Department of Arts and Culture’s South African Cultural representatives at the Athens Olympics in Greece. In 2006 she was invited to perform as part of the New Orleans – South African Connection, a cultural exchange dedicated to the victims of Hurrican Katrina. In 2008 Maxolo was invited as Guest with Organic Lounge to perform at the Opening of Habtoor Hotel’s Horizon Lounge in Dubai. In 2009 she was Guest to The Honorable South African Ambassador to Portugal, Ms Thandiwe January Mclean in Lisbon, in an event to celebrate South Africa. In 2013 Lindiwe performed in India at the 3rd Delhi International ICCR Jazz Festival.

Since the release of her debut CD, Lindiwe Maxolo has become one of the new young South African Jazz voices that are writing a new history and taking South African music to greater heights.

All photo credits go to Sipho Maluka


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