Thato Tsotetsi

Thato Tsotetsi - former contributor to Artsvark. Author of The Pink Gospel blog.
Thato Tsotetsi

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Majola is originally from the Eastern Cape in Zwelitsha Township, near King Williams Town. He obtained a performers’ diploma in Musical Theatre from TUT (Tshwane University of Technology). His career as performer was launched on an international platform when he got hired by the Miami Florida Based, Royal Caribbean productions. In 2012 he created his original Musical play Isini Siyini na Kuthando? (What’s gender go to do with love?), staged at the Market Theatre Laboratory and subsequently at the Wits Amphitheatre as part of the annual Sex-actually festival. He co-starred alongside Lebo Mashile in Pamela Nomvete’s Musical Play “Ngiyadansa” at the Joburg Theatre in 2014, he also co-composed the score of that musical with Bonginkosi Zondo. An original cast member of “Mongezi” a musical co-created by Mkhululi Z. Mabija and the Blk Jks.

His debut album Boet Sissy: ( released in 2014 to critical acclaim went on to earn him nominations from: Arts and Culture Trust, Impact Awards as well as the Lesbian and Gay Recording Academy’s Out Awards for Best Humanitarian songwriter. Author BonganiMadondo wrote; “I am pretty stoked to be hearing and bearing witness to something new, something transformative: an as yet to be a movement, but symptoms of a new cultural shift and space unto which current generation of new blacks/Afrikans are creating, certainly “black” but problematised and problematic, unorthodox and out of the box sounds of blackness, which are so mature and expansive as to coax Euro sensibilities of rock, opera, Greek tragedy, indie, folk, in the service of a larger and deeper, complex New Blackness steeped in Ancient roots.

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In short, what Majola, The Brother Moves On, NakhaneToure’, BlkJks and others, are creating is an incredible and expansive canvass that bears testimony to what some of us have known all along: that African Music, in this continent and in the Diaspora is steeped in the most democratic ideals as well as versatility…that it is to African music’s credit that the best of rock and roll, the genre of opera, soul, riddim and blues, zydeco, cajun, celtic folk, house, electro and so on, have sounded so worldly and beautiful.”

As a writer Majola’s articles have been published on The Times…/FeesMustFall-heralds-the-rise-…, Rand Daily Mail…/our-perfect-wedding–black-people-mo…, Mamba Online, The Sowetan and Two of his from Boet/Sissy, “Luthando” and “Sondela” featured in Mzansi Magic’s drama series “It’s complicated”.

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