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Wednesday, 17 April 2024 12:56

Thandiswa Mazwai takes aim at Grammy as she reflect on her latest album.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Photo Credit: Thandiswa Mazwai Instagram.

The wait is finally over for fans of South African musical icon and celebrated artist Thandiswa Mazwai as she announced the release of her latest album Sankofa.

After celebrating the 20th anniversary of her classic solo debut album, Zabalaza, earlier in the year, Mazwai has her mind set on the next. Her new album Sankofa is expected on May 10.

Her career dates back to 1995, when she was part of the music group Jack-Nife then later Bongo Maffin. Where they pioneered the Kwaito sound and released hits such as Dali Uzobuya Nini. 

Mazwai dropped a new single titled 'Kulungile' on 12 April ahead of her upcoming album Sankofa.

"Kulungile" translates to "it is well" in isiXhosa and carries a serene atmosphere, realized by the soft drums and traditional instruments used in the production.

Featuring the masterful Nduduzo Makhathini, it's a showcase of the musical qualities Mazwai has demonstrated since the start of her solo career.

Mazwai said, "It is a song about healing the childhood wounds that we carry with us into adulthood. These are things that often affect how we move in the world and how we see ourselves. I wanted to write a song that speaks directly to those wounds and healing them."

"Big shout out to Tendai Shoko, a young bass player from Zimbabwe, who did all the pre-production with me on the album," Mazwai added. "It was those early writing sessions with him and our friend and hip-hop producer, Ph, that gave me the impetus to work on new music.:

About the forthcoming album, Mazwai said: "Sankofa in the Ghanaian language Twi means to go back and fetch what's left behind — what is important, what honors you, and what needs healing."

Having recorded the album in South Africa, Senegal and the U.S., Thandiswa said the album comprises certain elements from each country. Audiences can expect to hear some indigenous instruments from Senegal and some tracks on the album feature producers from the U.S.

Mazwai will have a concert on the day after its release, May 11, at Carnival City, Johannesburg.

Tickets for the Carnival City performance are available for purchase through, offering fans the opportunity to experience Mazwai's transcendent live performances firsthand.

Her recent success includes her acclaimed Tiny Desk Concert, where she mesmerised audiences with her raw talent and impassioned performance. During the concert, she dedicated the opening song to the "beautiful and ever-resilient people of South Africa," further cementing her connection with her homeland and its people.

The journey continues as Mazwai would still love to reach more milestones, including winning a Grammy and having a tour across Africa and the rest of the world.