Thandiswa: The Sankofa Tour

Date: 31 May 2024 
Venue: Opera Theatre

Legendary South African musician Thandiswa Mazwai will be releasing her much-awaited album Sankofa on 10 May 2024. This will be celebrated with an album launch at Carnival City, Johannesburg on 11 May, and shows at the Durban Playhouse on 31 May and the Artscape in Cape Town on 20 July. The tour will also include songs from Zabalaza, Thandiswa’s iconic debut solo album, which turned 20 this year. Carnival City tickets are at Computicket and Durban and Cape Town tickets are at Webtickets.

Thandiswa says: “Sankofa in the Ghanian language Twi 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.

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 30yrs in this industry. Ndibulela ngazozibini for all the love and support. We promise a show full of love and celebration.”

The album can be pre-saved at http://thandiswamazwai.lnk.to/Sankofa. The single Kulungile (feat. Nduduzo Makhathini) is out on all platforms.

Thandiswa’s Tiny Desk Concert, now on half a million views, can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR51MWK_o2M