We celebrate the life of South African music icon, Thandiswa Mazwai, who celebrates her birthday today.
The Bongo Maffin graduate and Soweto native was born in the year of the Soweto Uprising, 1976. After an unsuccessful attempt at a talent show, she caught the attention of the legendary Don Laka who arranged her joining Bongo Maffin. Her talents have seen her perform on massive stages and world events like the 2010 FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony, The Apollo in New York, Carnegie Hall, WOMEX, the Cannes Film Festival, Midem, the Hackney Empire, Africa Brazil Festival, FESPACO Film Festival and the BBC World Music Awards.
She has gone on to win 7 SAMA Awards and a host of Metro FM and Kora All Africa Music Awards. Double platinum sales and performances with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Chaka Khan, Sean Paul, Steel Pulse, Skunk Anansie and more recently Hugh Masekela, Stimela, the late Busi Mhlongo, and BLK JKS; Mazwai is an incomparable tour de force.
We’d like to wish Thandiswa Mazwai a very happy 37th birthday! We love you!