Thandiswa Mazwai is regarded as one of the most influential musicians on the South African music scene today. She began her career in 1998 with Bongo Maffin, one of the pioneering bands of Kwaito. After six award winning albums with Bongo Maffin she went solo.
Her first project 'Zabalaza' (2004), reached double platinum status and won numerous awards including a Kora award for Best African Female Artist and four South African Music Awards. The album was also nominated for the BBC Radio 3 Planet Awards.
Her critically acclaimed second album 'Ibokwe' (2009) reached gold status and her live DVD ‘Dance of the Forgotten Free' (2010) won a SAMA for Best Female Artist and Best Live DVD in 2011.
She has performed all over the world at venues including the FIFA 2010 World Cup Opening Ceremony, The Apollo Theatre and Radio City Hall in New York, at the Cannes Film Festival, the BBC World Music Awards and several Mandela 46664 concerts. She featured on Paul Simon's Graceland 25th Anniversary Tour, performing to audiences all over Europe and also recorded two albums.