74 Shortmarket St
Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000
Photography Credit: Kay’E Studios
Mthwakazi is a Xhosa Opera singer songwriter and performer from the Xhosa land of Eastern Cape. uMthwakazi has a pioneered a new style of music known as Xho-pera which synthesises African Indigenous bow music, Classical, Opera and Choral. Her repertoire is mainly derived from Xhosa Bow Music and is firmly entrenched on African dance rhythms. The songs are sung by an extremely dynamic, angelic and operatic (dramatic soprano) voice and carry a message which emphasizes optimism, progress and advocates for ubuntu (humanity) as a way of living. The music deeply explores our cultural heritage as Africans and powerfully promotes the use of the Xhosa language.
Mthwakazi seeks to awaken the forgotten times of great healing. The music represents unity between Africans, elders and the youth, different genders and different races; as everyone who listens to the music feels a sense of ownership and belonging to the music and message.
2017 is a big year for Mthwakazi. Next year plans include performing at the Grahamstown Arts Festival, touring the Eastern Cape (where she’s from), touring Johannesburg, performing at more festivals and events in Africa and running educational indigenous bow making workshops. Follow Mthwakazi on social media for all the updates.
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