Thandiswa Mazwai: As a musician, I feel like I'm a conduit for the music

Afro-Jazz musician, Thandiswa Mazwai, shares personal details of her 21-year run in the music industry as she celebrates her 40th birthday.

The celebrated artist enchanted South Africans with her voice as a singer of Bongo Muffin, a band comprised of two other members (Stoan and Jah Seed).

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to Mazwai about her life, as she shares her transition through the years.

Listen to the conversation below:

As a musician, I feel like I'm a conduit for the music. The music comes from somewhere and I'm able to bring it out.

Thandiswa Mazwai, musician

There were break-ups, there were tears, there was mystery, there was discovery, so much happened.

Thandiswa Mazwai, musician

The music was influenced by Fela's horns, it was also about having gone to the Eastern Cape emaMpondweni [villages] there and always ending up at a gathering of sangomas.

Thandiswa Mazwai, musician

There's been great humility I've found in the older musicians, they've been so humble but they possess such a genuine and beautiful music. I've been blessed to have them in my space and to be accepted in their space.

Thandiswa Mazwai, musician

My mother was a rebel, my mother was a very extreme Pan-Africanist. My father was also a rebel. I grew up around those kinds of time, in rebel times. It's just what I know.

Thandiswa Mazwai, musician

The first time my father went to buy groceries after my mom had passed on, he came back with a box a Choice Assorted biscuits, cans of beef, he just didn't know what to buy. It was a difficult time and we never survived it.

Thandiswa Mazwai, musician

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