'I’m inviting my sisters to a women only gig on my birthday in celebration of their resilience and strength.' - Thandiswa Mazwai

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Image: Nick Boulton
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“I’m inviting my sisters to a women only gig on my birthday in celebration of their resilience and strength,” she says. “It is an attempt to strengthen the sisterhood and together imagine new worlds. We will come together in one space to celebrate our unique power.” 

The KING THA DAY programme will kick off at 4pm with a market, talks and poetry in the small venue. Speakers include author and Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola, lesbian activist and filmmaker Bev Ditsie and Mail & Guardian Arts Editor Milisuthando Bongela.  Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for Jazz Thandi Ntuli and Ntsiki Mazwai will perform on the main stage before King Tha and the all-female band she established five years ago.

“All who identify as womxn or are gender nonconforming are welcome at KING THA DAY,” says King Tha. “I have chosen to share my birthday with a room full of women to bask in their power and magic. On the night, we will create a Supernova: We will shine a thousand times brighter than the sun and our light will be seen for a billion years to come. Our coming together may even create new galaxies, new worlds…”

“We are strengthening the sisterhood at KING THA DAY, everyone on stage will be a womxn and all our vendors, the tech teams and venue staff will be womxn too,” continues Mazwai. “This is to help empower womxn in many of the fields connected to music, by giving them opportunities they wouldn’t normally have. This is a celebration of womxn, for us, by us. Where we cannot find a womxn to fill a certain position we commit to running internship programmes to one day fill those positions.”

KING THA DAY is a precursor to the “AmandlaWomxnFest, a weekend-long womxn only festival that I am planning just outside Johannesburg in August,” explains Thandiswa Mazwai, who has been a leading light in the South African music scene for over 20 years - first with Kwaito innovators Jacknife, then as a member of groundbreaking group Bongo Maffin and as an award-winning solo artist.

Tickets are available for R250 on https://www.quicket.co.za/events/42285-kingtha-day-thandiswa-mazwai-birthday-event/#/  “I am looking forward to spending time with my sisters and celebrating my birthday with them and having a good time together,” says King Tha of the gig happening at the Newtown Music Factory on 10 Henry Nxumalo Street in Newtown. 

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