Thandiswa Mazwai Biography
Thandiswa Mazwai is a South African musician and is also the lead vocalist and songwriter of Bongo Maffin.
Thandiswa Mazwai Age
Thandiswa Mazwai was born on 31 March 1976 in 1976 the year of the Soweto Uprising and grew up almost entirely in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa amidst the heavy apartheid township violence of the 1980s. She was born under the birth sign Aries. She celebrates her birthday on 3ist march every year.
Thandiswa Mazwai Parents
Both her parents, Belede and Thami Mazwai, were journalists and anti-apartheid political activists, and she recollects that her home was filled with books, articles and thick with political discussions. It was this environment that nurtured her perspective as an artist.
Thandiswa Mazwai Education
She forged on to attend Wits University, where she studied English Literature and International Relations. Her work has always been inspired by her mother (who died when Thandiswa was 15 years old) and the writings of people such as Steve Biko and Frantz Fanon, Chinua Achebe and Kwame Nkrumah.
Thandiswa Mazwai Partner
Thandiswa has been with her partner, Anika for more than a decade she lives with her partner in one of the Joburg’s northern suburbs and judging by the way she gushes over her on social media pages, it certainly sounds like a happy and healthy relationship.
“…11yrs of sticking to each other has been a revolutionary act of self-love and resistance,” she wrote in a recent Instagram post. The couple has become one of our favorite couples.
Thandiswa Mazwai Daughter Malaika
Thandiswa Mzwai’s baby girl is not so little anymore. Malika’s father is Thandiswa’s former Bongo Maffin band-mate Stoan Seate. There was indifference between the two over their daughter, but they have come a long way since. Malika is mommy and daddy’s girl.
Her parents both love her to pieces and she is their entire world. They go all out for her birthdays and always celebrate together. Thandiswa got so excited on Malika’s 18th birthday they she broke into Vosho.
Thandiswa Mazwai Baby Daddy
Musician and TV personality Stoan Seate says that he and his baby mama Thandiswa Mazwai are in “a good space” as they work together on a massive Bongo Maffin return.
The couple, who both shot into the spotlight as members of the 90s kwaito group, have a daughter together and their relationship went through major strain in the past.
But they had to smoke the peace pipe when Bongo Maffin decided to give this music thing another shot, and Stoan told Cliff Central’s Gareth Cliff that things had gotten a lot better between the two.
“We are in a good space right now. This space had really calmed down. The level of co-operation has increased and it’s been good for everyone. It has been good for the business, for the music, for us personally, and it has been good for our daughter,” he said.
He said that Thandiswa’s partner also played a big part in mediating between them.”Right now her partner is also a good mediator between us. She has been really supportive and helpful in raising (Stoan and Thandiswa’s daughter) Malaika.”
Thandiswa Mazwai And Ntsiki Mazwai
Poet and musician Ntsiki Mazwai’s younger sister Nomsa has lifted the lid on their sibling rivalry growing up‚ admitting that it was once so “deep” that it turned physical.
In an interview on Wednesday morning, Nomsa‚ who is also known by her stage name Nomisupasta told Metro FM’s DJ Fresh that her rivalry with Ntsiki came from them being close in age.
“There was deep sibling rivalry between me and Ntsiki. I think sibling rivalry is like the sibling next to you. It is never the other siblings. No‚ I and Ntsiki were…no‚ it was deep.”
Thandiswa Mazwai Net Worth
Thandiswa Mazwai Net Worth is estimated to be R8 Million,her source of income is from her music album sales and tour performances.She lives a luxurious life,mazwai also has got a number of properties and cars under her names. At the moment she is yet to publicize the amount of money she earns on a monthly basis.
Thandiswa Mazwai Music
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 recognized as the voice of South Africa’s conscious youth, their compositions consistently combining dance floor favorites 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 Mazwai Performance Tour
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.
Thandiswa Mazwai Collaborations
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 Albums
Dance of the Forgotten Free (2010)
New Construction (2005)
The Concerto (1998)
Final Entry (1997)
Leaders of D’Gong (1996)
Thandiswa Mazwai Songs
Thongo I am
Thandiswa Mazwai Instagram
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