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Sgwili and Babo
SGWILI RICHMAN was born in Umkhanbathini in a village named Ophokweni.
IN 2001 he returned home and became a member of the group SALVATION OF GOD. He recorded an album with them - MINA NGIYAMAZI which was well received.
IN 2005 he was approached by Themba Mpanza of Themza Music Productions and released his first solo album NGVEZ'IZANDLA. It was a good album and the response was very positive. He recorded and released a second album - UMHLATSHELO. He worked with BABO NGCOBO, LUCKY LEKUKA and the late THEMBI CHILIZA.
AFTER another album in 2008 he was hired at MOM STUDIOS as a producer and sound engineer. With the guys there it was decided to form the group SGWILI EN BABO (IKHETHELO). The first album 1ST CHAPTER opened many doors for them.
HE has shared stages with most of the country’s top Gospel stars.
AT THE 2010 Crown Gospel Awards SGWILI & BABO won the award for Best Newcomer. This for the song NGINGUTHIXO from the album IKHETHELO.
AND so to 2011 and the release of the brand new SGWILI album HAMBA NAM. This powerful production has been doing very well.
Born and bred in KZN, BABO released his debut album in 1997, called Kingdom Heir, which was followed by his first solo project ITHEMBA LAM. He has shared the stage with Deborah, Rebecca, Soul Brothers, the late Sipho Gumede, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Joyous Celebration and more.
BABO is a dynamic song writer, singer, producer and choreographer. He has toured many countries like Botswana, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, England and all over SA. BABO performed at the 2011 IRB Rugby world cup. He has written songs for well-known artists such as Avante, Nontando and Sgwili. He has sold more than 100 000 albums in his career.
2010 – Crown gospel award best new comer award
2011 – Crown gospel award best song writer award
2011 – Opening of KZN legislature performance
2011 – IRB World cup performance
2011 – Most inspirational artist (KZN youth award)
2012 saw the release of Sgwili and Babo – Live at the Playhouse DVD. This is a combination of two dynamic young people with the anointed voice for people with daily problems. This incredible dvd was in demand way before its release.
Also released in 2012 is a fantastic value for money 2-DVD set - IKHETHELO LIVE by SGWILI EN BABO.