Rio Riaaz to release 2nd studio album towards end of the year

South African based Malawian Afro pop and jazz artist is putting final touches to his 2nd studio album.


The album, whose title has not been revealed yet is set for release towards the end of the year 2017.

Rio is also shooting a video for the first single off the album ‘Ku Mulanje’ of which he promises to be a world class video.

Rio is not only an entertainer but a businessman, model and actor. His album will be released under his own record label, Rio’s Entertainment.

“Everything is new in my art. We can’t all be doing the same thing, the type of music am doing is fusion blending a few Genres and make solid sound out of it”

Rio says his style has nothing to do with the type of music he plays.

“Music is art and it comes from the inner side of you” he says.

Explaining the variety in his projects, Rio says “yes I have a bit of everything , I am not leaving anyone behind or confused”.

He says traditional music inspires him when writing his pieces which he then translates to modern days we are in.

Rio Riaaz was born in Blantyre Machinjiri and took to music from a young age.

One of the people that influenced and mentored Rio in music was the legendary Joseph Tembo who also taught him how to play drums at a young age.

He went on to release his first single titled Nebuccannezer as a young boy in 2003 which was also produced by Tembo and enjoyed radio play.

Rio’s life took another exciting turn when he migrated to Soutn Africa, being the smart hustler that he is, he didn’t sit and wait for opportunity to come to him, he instead began starting taking advantage of how much the camera loved him and joined a modelling and acting agency.

He went on to win modelling competitions such as Faces for Africa Modelling Competion.

This led to the start of a healthy modelling career which allowed him to work with great celebrities and advertise for great brands on Television such as, Fifa, J&B whisky, Vodacom, Strawberry Lips, Muvhango, SA tourism, PEP stores, Castle Lager and Hyundai to name a few.

This allowed him to work alongside soccer stars and celebrities such as DJ SBU and DJ Zinhle.

Rio also extended his acting to feature films, playing prominent roles in The Betrayal, Secrets of the wheel and the yet to be released Making Mr Write Right.

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