Thandiswa Mazwai, with Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu will headline the 10th Annual Mzansi Fela Festival at the State Theatre in December.
Since its inception in December 2007, the Mzansi Fela festival has become one of the most anticipated festivals of the year in the Tshwane Metropolitan. It presents the most exciting music, theatre, dance, comedy and poetry in South Africa. An occasion that started as a five-day event has now developed into a 20-day festival and attracts more than 10 000 people annually.
Life-long career partners, Semenya and Mbulu, have more than 20 albums in less than 52 years of working together. This year marked the 50-year anniversary of their wedding and their love is still going strong. Perhaps classical renditions of ‘Ndiphenudule’, ‘Ziph’inkomo’, ‘Angelina’, ‘There’s Music In The Air’, ‘You’re So True’ and many more are their secret. If you wish to go back in time, don’t miss the duo’s live concert performance on 17 December. Newlyweds, remember to bring notebooks because love will be celebrated.
Thandiswa recently released her third studio album titled ‘Belede’ which is being well received nationally and internationally. The 2016 album is a collection of reinterpretations of legendary South African Jazz and Protest anthems from the 1950’s and 1960’s ‘golden era’. She says the inspiration behind the collection hails from the music she listened to while growing up. “The title of the album, ‘Belede’ is named after and dedicated to my late mother, who was and still is a major influence in my music and political stance,” added Thandiswa.
The multi-award-winning Afro-soul singer’s concert will be on 8 November. All tickets for Mzansi Fela concerts can be purchased for R150 to R300 at Computicket. Available in Shoprite and Checkers stores nationwide.
Mzansi Fela Festival has become one of the premier arts festival in the calendar of South African Arts. For the past 10 years, this festival has provided a platform for local and national artists. The artistic offering of this festive event has seen many distinguished artists grace our stages and many young talents being discovered.