Thandiswa Mazwai Live

Listen to Thandiswa Mazwai’s Trio set, recorded live at the Slave Church, Long Street, Cape Town on October 1.


As a member of 90s afro pop crew Bongo Maffin, Thandiswa Mazwai became the voice of the post apartheid conscious youth, combining sassily finger-clicking and jiving beats with liberated lyrics.

Eight year’s later, her debut solo, 2006′s Zabalaza took a hard left, infusing the funk and spunk that had defined her early successes with a rich blend of historical reference points: identity, sex, politics and the spirit world.

Her follow up Ibokwe (2009) saw the singer-songwriter travelling deeper into traditional Zulu and Xhosa melodies and rhythms to map out a fiercely individual route from past to present, signposted with borrowings from jazz, funk, Mbaqanga, reggae, quasi-gospel and thumping kwaito. The urban meets the rural, the personal slams into the political, freedom meets constraint, and compassion joins with complaint.


  1. Much respect for this musician..I class her in the same league of Simphiwe Dana,Zamajobe,Zahara,Glria Bosman,Judith Sephume..but she is one hell of a performer..

    - Abbey Vado Mothoa
  2. Heya guys

    Where can I find the link to this performance? Seems to have vanished.

    - Roger Young


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