Thandiswa Mazwai is back with a bang

By Drum Digital
19 January 2012

A sexy gold Mini Cooper pullsup outside the Joburg CBD’s Mai Mai mhuti and goods market, blasting music loudly, attracting the attention of street vendors and traditional healers.

Singing along to tunes by SA’s recent best newcomer Zahara is none other than our favourite Afro-fusion muso, Thandiswa Mazwai.

The 35-year-old’s distinctive music has remained popular in Mzansi, but news in that she was moving to London shocked her fans. Now she’s back! With a tremendous musical talent mixed with fearsome personal demons, Thandiswa, has created a distinctive fusion of traditional and modern sounds.

Today, comfortable in black leggings, a white loose-fitting top and white Converse All Star takkies accessorised with African beads, Thandiswa steps out of her car. Kids quickly gather around her and sing along to the tunes blasting through her speakers.

As she hugs and kisses them, it’s evident that she loves children. The singer exudes the same confidence and vigour she had over 14 years ago when she first created a name for herself.

It’s this four-time Sama winner’s first interview since returning from the UK in December, and it’s interesting that a star like her would rather go to Mai Mai than a top-notch restaurant.

“I’m a regular here,” she explains. “I sometimes come to buy beads and traditional gear, or just to chill. Oh, and you should try their meat – it’s the best,” adds.

READ MORE ABOUT THANDISWA’S RETURN IN DRUM 26 JANUARY 2011

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