Based: Cape Town
LIONEL BASTOS is a multiple award-nominated and award winning artist/singer/songwriter and producer who has written songs and produced albums for some of the top artists in South Africa and abroad including VICKY SAMPSON, WENDY OLDFIELD, COLESKE, ED JORDAN, LITTLE SISTER, CAROL LEIGH, ANDRE SCHWARTZ, YVONNE CHAKA-CHAKA (The Princess of Africa), DAVID ABATTE (for the Miss World pageant), CLOUT, BERNIE WILLIAMS, JIMMY WAGNER (Luxemburg), LEIGH MATTY (UK), TRIO RIO. THE REESPECT (Germany), JAMES STEWART, KARIN NORTJE (POP IDOL) and JEREMY MANSFIELD to name a few.
He is one of the most recorded (pop, rock, folk rock, world, jazz, blues, R&B, kwaito, country rock ) songwriters in South Africa. Many of his songs have been radio singles. In Luxemburg he had 3 successive number 1’s with songs he wrote and produced for Jimmy Wagner, 1 of which was later on a BMG worldwide released compilation ” We Two Are One” on which he worked with ALAIN NAU,(who used to drum for CHAKA KAHN) KAI HORSTHEMKE and SIPHO MABOYA (ex-JOHNNY CLEGG and REBECCA MOLOPE).
The press called him a “musical and lyrical genius” after the release of his first solo album “Be like water….um” and as a result was even interviewed and featured in the Italian VOGUE. He also co-wrote and co-produced 6 tracks on the official S.A.F.A. CD for the F.I.F.A world cup in 1998 and was the represented S.A artist on the “Africa Alive” CD made especially for the INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE held in Durban in 2000, with a song he wrote and produced which featured top artistes such as KREESAN, P.J. POWERS, VICKY SAMPSON, KHANYO, SIBONGILE NGEMA, ED JORDAN, IAN VON MEMERTY, GLORIA BOSMAN, MAX NTHAMBO and FEMME BELLING.
As a result of that song and production he was asked by IAN VON MEMERTY to produce the CD for the musical “FIELA SE KIND” (FIELA’S CHILD) for which IAN wrote all the music and which toured South Africa to massive critical acclaim.
He has released 3 CDs, all of which were nominated for SAMA’s (South African Music Awards).his sixth album late 2015 or early 2016.