Thandiswa Mazwai Biography
Thandiswa Mazwai was born on 31st March 1976 in South Africa. He is a South African musician, a lead vocalist and a songwriter.
Both her parents were journalists and political activists and she was raised in a home filled with books and thick with political discussions. It was this environment that nurtured her perspective as an artist. Her work has always been inspired by the writings of people like Biko and Fanon, Achebe and Nkrumah,she says,”My work gave me an opportunity to share my thoughts and have a meaningful conversation with my generation about Blackness, Africaness, about some of the social ills that plague us, and also about freedom and joy. Music gave me an opportunity to feed my revolutionary self.”
Thandiswa Mazwai Education Background
She attended Wits University where she studied English literature and International Relations.
Thandiswa Mazwai Career
She participated at the ‘Shell Road to Fame’ but she did not even make it to the semi finals. She managed to impress Don Laka,a musician and a producer, who included her in his project.
In 1998 she started her career with Bongo Maffin, one of the pioneering bands of Kwaito. She became widely recognised as the voice of South Africa’s conscious youth, their compositions consistently combining dance floor favourites with thought-provoking lyrics.
She later launched her 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, including Best Album.
Thandiswa has performed all over the world at venues including: the FIFA
2010 World Cup Opening Ceremony,The Apollo Theatre, Radio City Hall, Womex, The Cannes Film Festival, The Barbican, Africa Brazil Festival, Fespaco Film Festival, BBC World Music Awards and several Mandela 46664 concerts. She has shared the stage with Salif Keita, Skunk Anansie, Cesaria Evora, Stevie wonder, Angelique Kidjo and many others.
At home, Thandiswa has collaborated with musicians like Hugh Masekela, Stimela, the late BusiMhlongo, and the BLK JKS. Her creativity has led to collaboration with stellar international artists too. For instance,Thandiswa collaborated on two songs with US musician Meshell N’degeoCello on her album ‘The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams’ which was nominated for a Grammy in 2007. Most recently, she featured on Paul Simon’s Gracel and 25th Anniversary Tour, performing to audiences all over Europe.
Thinking about the future,she says “I would like to play all over the world to new audiences and share my music and perspective. I also want to make albums that will merge the sound from my part of the world with the sounds of Mali, Jamaica, the jazz underground in the USA, Brazil, Cuba, and the Congo. I am also interested in exploring electronic music, dub and funk, even punk…I guess I want to do it all.”
Thandiswa Mazwai Awards
- 2004: Best Female, Southern Africa at Kora Africa Music Award
- 2004: Best Female Artist at Metro FM Awards
- 2004: Best Female Artist at Kora Africa Music Award
- 2005: Best African Contemporary Album at South Africa Music Awards
- 2005: Best Female Artist at South Africa Music Awards
- 2005: Arts and Culture Award at Metropolitan Eastern Cape Awards
- 2008: Female Artist of the Decade at Pan African Language Board
- 2008: Song of the Decade ‘Nizalwa Ngobani’ at Pan African Language Board
- 2011: Best Female Artist “Dance for the forgotten free” at South African Music Award.
- 2011: Best contemporary DVD “Dance for the forgotten free” at South African Music Award.
Thandiswa Mazwai Age
He was born on 31st March 1976 in South Africa.
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Thandiswa Mazwai Daughter – Thandiswa Mazwai Partner
She was romantically involved with Stoan Seate, a musician and presenter, and they have one daughter but thet are no longer together but they co parent.
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Thandiswa Mazwai Albums
- Belede (2016)
- Dance of the Forgotten Free (2010)
- Ibokwe (2009)
- Zabalaza (2004)
- New Construction (2005)
- Bongolution (2001)
- The Concerto (1998)
- Final Entry (1997)
- Leaders of D’Gong (1996)
Thandiswa Mazwai Songs
- Nizalwa Ngobani
- Thongo I am
- Vana Vevhu
- Ntyilo Ntyilo
- West Wind
- Thath’ Isigubhu
- Transkei Moon