Thandiswa Mazwai – ‘King Tha’ – began her career in 1998 with the pioneering Kwaito band Bongo Maffin, and after six award-winning albums she ventured into a solo career. Her first project – Zabalaza (2004) – reached double platinum status and won numerous awards including a Kora award for Best African Female Artist and four South African Music Awards. Her critically-acclaimed second album, Ibokwe (2009), reached gold status within weeks of release and Belede (2016) is a collection of reinterpretations of legendary South African jazz and protest anthems from the 1950s and 1960s golden era. Her music defies categorisation and reflects elements of African Traditional, Jazz, Afrosoul and House. The Guardian called her “South Africa’s finest female contemporary singer” and Thandiswa has performed all over the world at venues including the FIFA 2010 World Cup Opening Ceremony, the Apollo Theatre, Womex, The Cannes Film Festival, BBC World Music Awards and several Mandela 46664 concerts.
Defying categorisation, her sound incorporates African Traditional, Jazz, Afrosoul and House