It’s ‘King Tha Day’


The Citizen (Gauteng) - - CITY - Cit­i­zen re­porter

‘I have cho­sen to share my birth­day with a room full of women to bask in their power and magic.’

March 31 is Than­diswa Mazwai’s birth­day and she wants all her sis­ters to cel­e­brate with her at the New­town Mu­sic Fac­tory on ‘King Tha Day’ this year.

“I’m invit­ing my sis­ters to a women-only gig on my birth­day in cel­e­bra­tion of their re­silience and strength,” she said.

“It’s an at­tempt to strengthen the sis­ter­hood and to­gether imag­ine new worlds. We will come to­gether in one space to cel­e­brate our unique power.”

The ‘King Tha Day’ pro­gramme will kick off at 4pm with a mar­ket, talks and po­etry in the small venue. The po­ets billed in­clude Natalia Mole­batsi, Nova Masango and Koleka Pu­tuma, while speak­ers in­clude au­thor and pro­fes­sor Pumla Di­neo Gqola, les­bian ac­tivist and film­maker Bev Dit­sie and Mail & Guardian arts ed­i­tor

Mil­isuthando Bon­gela. Stan­dard Bank Young Artist Award Win­ner for Jazz Thandi Ntuli and Nt­siki Mazwai will per­form on the main stage be­fore King Tha and the all-fe­male band she es­tab­lished five years ago.

“All who iden­tify as woman or are gen­der non­con­form­ing are wel­come,” said King Tha. “I have cho­sen to share my birth­day with a room full of women to bask in their power and magic. On the night, we will cre­ate a su­per­nova. We will shine a thou­sand times brighter than the sun and our light will be seen for a bil­lion years to come. Our com­ing to­gether may even cre­ate new galax­ies, new worlds.

“We are strength­en­ing the sis­ter­hood and ev­ery­one on stage will be a woman and all our ven­dors, the tech teams and venue staff will be women too. This is to help em­power women in many of the fields con­nected to mu­sic, by giv­ing them op­por­tu­ni­ties they wouldn’t nor­mally have. This is a cel­e­bra­tion of women, for us, by us. Where we can­not find a woman to fill a cer­tain po­si­tion,

we com­mit to run­ning in­tern­ship pro­grammes to one day fill those po­si­tions.”

‘King Tha Day’ is a pre­cur­sor to the Amand­laWomxnFes­t, a week­end-long, women-only fes­ti­val that Mazwai is plan­ning to hold just out­side Jo­han­nes­burg in Au­gust.

Mazwai, who has been a lead­ing light on the mu­sic scene for over 20 years, first with Kwaito in­no­va­tors Jack­nife, then as a mem­ber of ground­break­ing group Bongo Maf­fin and as an award-win­ning solo artist, prom­ises her many fans a show they will never for­get.

“I am look­ing for­ward to spend­ing time with my sis­ters,” she said about the gig on 10 Henry Nxumalo Street in New­town.

I’m invit­ing my sis­ters to a women-only gig

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