Thandiswa Mazwai

Thandiswa Mazwai

Thandiswa has been one of the most influential post-Apartheid singers in South Africa. She began her career in 1996 with music groups Jack Knife and Bongo Maffin, one of the pioneering bands of the dance music genre Kwaito. After 6 award-winning albums with Bongo Maffin she ventured onto a solo career. 

Her first solo 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 critically acclaimed sophomoric release Ibokwe (2009) and third album, a jazz reinterpretation of South African classics, Belede (2016) reached gold status within a few weeks of release. Her compositions include traditional Xhosa music, mbaqanga, funk, jazz, and reggae. Sankofa (2024), her fourth release, was recorded in Johannesburg, Dakar, and New York, and combines archival Xhosa samples Jazz and West African music. It includes songs produced by Meshell Ndegeocello, Chris Bruce, Nduduzo Makhathini, and Thandiswa. 

Known for her electrifying performances, Thandiswa has performed all over the world at venues including the Tiny Desk Concert, Apollo Theatre, The Lincoln Centre, The Cannes Film Festival, Africa Express, BBC World Music Awards, TEDAfropunk, Carnegie Hall Citywide Festival, among others. She has collaborated with artists such as Hugh MasekelaMeshell Ndegeocello (including on her 2024 Grammy Winning album), Fatoumata Diawara, Somi, and DJ Black Coffee.


22 November 2024 – Jazz Café – London – UK – TICKETS
24 November 2024 – Barbican – London – UK – TICKETS

AGENT: Agnese Daverio

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