Following a seven-year break from releasing new music and the subsequent release of her third studio album, Thandiswa Mazwai will be performing her headline show ‘The Belede Experience’ at Gold Reef City’s Lyric Theatre this Saturday night.
On the 4th of March, King Tha, as Mazwai is affectionately known to her fans, will be showcasing material from her most recent offering – Belede, a marvellous 9-track reimagination of South African jazz classics.
Always one to bridge ancients and contemporaries, Mazwai has once again drawn from the past to create an informed, modern expression of the times with her new album. Inspired by her mother, Belede features reinvented versions of South African jazz classics by legendary musicians such as Letta Mbulu, Hugh Masekela and Busi Mhlongo.
As an activist in her own right, Mazwai uses memory and song as resistance while simultaneously commenting on South Africa’s volatile political landscape. Tackling issues such as the #feesmustfall student movement, King Tha, together with renowned musicians Nduduzo Makhathini, Ayanda Sikade and Herbie “uMalume” Tsoaeli, calls on the spirit of jazz to address and further express the broader mission of decolonisation and liberation in post-apartheid South Africa.
King Tha’s latest live offering follows an emotional and electric album launch that happened at the Soweto Theatre in November. If that evening is any indication, ‘The Belede Experience’ promises to be an evocative, soul stirring and sonic journey.
Tickets (R200-R400) are limited and predicted to move fast, so be sure to book now to avoid disappointment.
In the mean time, take a listen to ‘Jikijela’, Thandiswa’s moving tribute to the students of #feesmustfall below: