Thandiswa Mazwai

After a sold-out and sensational Sankofa album launch at Carnival City Johannesburg, legendary South African musician Thandiswa Mazwai will bring music from Sankofa to the Durban Playhouse on May 31 and the Artscape in Cape Town on July 20. The tour will also include songs from Zabalaza, Thandiswa’s iconic debut solo album, which turned 20 this year. Tickets are at Webtickets. The tour has been made possible with the generous support of Castle Milk Stout.

About her latest album Sankofa, which was released on May 10, Thandiswa says: “Sankofa in the Ghanaian language means to go back and fetch what’s been left behind—what is important, what honours you, and what needs healing. How apt that as I prepare to launch this new work, my seminal album Zabalaza celebrates 20 years! For me, this is the year of Sankofa.” Recorded in Johannesburg, Dakar, and New York, the album combines archival Xhosa music, jazz, and west African rhythms. It includes songs produced by Meshell Ndegeocello, Chris Bruce, Nduduzo Makhathini, Tendai Shoko, and Thandiswa. The album can be heard on all streaming platforms:

About the Sankofa Tour, Thandiswa says, “I am so excited to share this new music with my fans. It is such a privilege to still be able to do what I love after 30 years in this industry. Ndibulela ngazozibini for all the love and support. Thank you to Castle Milk Stout, a brand that celebrates tradition and culture, for supporting this tour. We are so excited to be partnering with this iconic African brand to bring this show to Durban and Cape Town. It will be a celebration and a meditation on who we are, who we have been, and who we hope to become. With every special gig we do, we create jobs in the creative industry. So thank you, Castle Milk Stout, for having faith in what we can create.”

Castle Milk Stout’s marketing manager Khwezi Vika says, “Inkunzi Emnyama and King Tha are no strangers, having partnered on a previous Castle Milk Stout campaign called Clan Beats. As a brand that prides itself on celebrating African culture and tradition, we saw it as befitting to collaborate with Thandiswa Mazwai on this momentous occasion. We came across Thandiswa’s tweet seeking a possible partnership, and we jumped at the opportunity of working with her again, as our brand purpose and the meaning behind Sankofa are aligned.”

Thandiswa’s Tiny Desk Concert, now over half a million views, can be viewed at:

Details About the Urban House

May 31, 2024, 8 p.m.

Tickets R350-600

Tickets at Webtickets

Details About Artscape Cape Town

20 July 2024, 8 p.m.

Tickets R350-600

Tickets at Webtickets

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