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Lisina – Biography

Lisina is a South African artist based in Johannesburg (South Africa), also known as Bongani Masina in the music industry. He is a self-taught bass guitarist and vocalist born in Tjakastaad Mpumalanga. He started playing the bass guitar at his high school years, driven by passion for the instrument. During his high school years he joined a local group named Lite Masters in 1995.

He got his big break when he started playing professionally for the well-known legend Jabu Khanyile, at a time he was a member of the group called Khumbula that was well known for their African Maskandi and released 2 albums during year 2001 and 2003. Lisina has worked with many of South African well known artists.

Recorded and/or performed with:

Jabu Khanyile, Joe Nina, Tshepo Tshola, Zama Jobe, Angelique Kidjo, Afro Tenors, Camagwini, Kwela Tebza, Malik, Pu2ma, Sphokazi, Zulu Boy, Jessica Mbangeni, Mahottela Queens and many more.

Currently working with:

Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbuli, Wanda Baloyi, Mbuso Khoza, Vuyokazi Tshaya, Paseka Tefu, and Skipper Tshabalala.

He is also working with a Swaziland based legend trumpeter Itallo Dlamini and has produced his latest album.

NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCES:

Lisina’s past performances in South Africa and beyond are too numerous to mention, some highlights include:

Kora Awards 2000 where he performed for African artists including Angelique Kidjo

WOMAD festival at Singapore with Jabu Khanyile 2001

Lilizela TV show as a resident band 2004 (hosted by Stoan Seate)

Mpulele Theatre Show produced by well-known Jerry Mofokeng 2005

Ziyawa la TV show as a resident band 2007 (hosted by Tsoana Nhlapo)

UK Tour with Eddie Grant in 2009 opening for UB40

Performed at AMAA Awards in Nigeria with Kwela Tebza 2013

OTHER PERFORMANCES:

SAMA Awards

Joy of Jazz

Cape Town International Jazz

Macufe

Moretele

DVD recorded

Siphokazi “Live at the Alexander Theatre” 2009

Caiphus Semenya “Live at Carnival City” 2011

Gospel in me volume 2 DVD 2012

Lisina is a very passionate musician / artist. His inspiration  comes from the likes of Richard Bona, Bakithi Khumalo, Etienne Mbappe, Fana Zulu and Concord Nkabinde just to mention a few.

Lisina recently released his own single called “Uthanda kanjani” where he worked with the legendary guitarist Themba Mokoena and Jack Lerole Jnr. His music is focused more on our South African sound infused with Khwela music.

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