“I will reveal intimate details of my childhood and my search for Azania and what it has come to mean. I am both nervous and excited because I have never done a show so personal,” she says. “But I know that I get very spiritual in my work, but in this show there will be an intimacy that I have never explored before.”
Mazwai says she wants to engage the idea that freedom is a restless place and that black people have not reached Azania.
“Azania is the aspiration of the oppressed. When you are oppressed, you dream of Azania. It’s a place you hope to go to some day. It’s a promised land where there will be no violence, where you will have true autonomy of mind, body and spirit. Azania is home. Azania is a place where we will always have t return to, it’s not the place we are at now,” Thandiswa told MetroFM’s The Drive.
“The trouble is that we are still suffering our blackness. We have not reached a place where we are just human. We are still suffering the fact that there is whiteness out there and it causes blackness in us, it causes suffering in us. And so until that blackness is removed from ourselves and we are just human, then we can start talking about getting to Azania.
“Azania is the removal of whiteness in our lives, not white people, but whiteness as a concept, the conept of being superior to others, of oppressing others and using others’ resources and keeping them poor.”
Mazwai is one of the most influential South African musicians of her generation. She ventured into a solo career in 2004, sold thousands of records and won numerous awards after beginning her career in 1998 with Bongo Maffin, one of the pioneering bands of Kwaito.
Her music travels through the village into the ghetto, straddling the urban and the rural, effortlessly melding the traditional with the modern. Her compositions today include traditional Xhosa rhythms, Mbhaqanga, reggae, Kwaito, House, funk and jazz.
She says her selection is inspired by the music she listened to whilst growing up and her reframing of these classics serves as commentary on South Africa’s contemporary political landscape. She has not been afraid to express how she was influenced by political figures such as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Frantz Fanon, Steve Biko and Chinua Achebe.
In this audio visual experience curated by KingThaLive in collaboration with Blackmotion Productions, fans can expect a range of sounds that have influenced Mazwai’s recordings and performances over the years: Jazz, Kwaito, Afro Funk, Reggae, Gospel and traditional music. She will also sing songs from her own albums and renditions of tracks by some of her favourite musicians. Tickets sell from R200 to R500 at Computicket.
– African News Agency