The legendary Thandiswa Mazwai is bringing her new music to Durban and Johannesburg! As Thandiswa comes close to the release of her much-awaited album Sankofa, she gives a taste of the music to a small audience at the Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg and Durban Playhouse.
Audiences can expect to be covered in new and luxurious sounds that include works that were recorded in New York and Dakar produced by Meshell Ndegeocello and Nduduzo Makhathini respectively. In addition, there will be songs from her previous albums.
Thandiswa says, “I can’t wait to share some of my new music and experience the audience’s reaction. Sankofa is about fetching what has been left behind and the making of this work has really embodied that idea. I can’t wait for people to hear what we have been working on. It is sensitive and lush while at the same time very powerful to me.”
Thandiswa has long been one of the most influential musicians on the South African music scene. She began her career in 1995 with Bongo Maffin, one of the pioneering bands of the Kwaito era. After six award-winning albums with Bongo Maffin, she ventured onto a solo career. Her first project Zabalaza (2004), reached double platinum status and won numerous awards, including a Kora award for Best African Female and four South African Music Awards.
Her sophomoric release Ibokwe (2009) and third album Belede (2016) reached gold status within a few weeks of release. Thandiswa has performed all over the world at venues including the FIFA 2010 World Cup Opening Ceremony, the Apollo Theatre, Radio City Hall, The Cannes Film Festival, Africa Express, BBC World Music Awards, TED, Afropunk, and Carnegie Hall Citywide Festival, among others.
She has shared the stage with legends like Salif Keita, Hugh Masekela, Busi Mhlongo, Stevie Wonder, Cesaria Evora, Paul Simon, and many others.
The shows will take place at the Durban Playhouse on the 12th of August 2023 and at the Lyric Theatre, Johannesburg on the 25th of August, 2023. The show starts at 19h30 and tickets are between R350 and R600 on Webticket.
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