Thandiswa Mazwai, South African musician, & former lead vocalist/songwriter of Bongo Maffin, one of the pioneering bands of Kwaito (a variant of house music, using African sounds & samples). Her music is often deeply political and her compositions include traditional Xhosa rhythms, Mbaqanga, reggae, kwaito and funk & jazz sounds. She is a recipient of a Kora award for Best African Female, 4 South African Music Awards, & others. If you are not familiar with her, take a listen to her song…

Thandiswa Mazwai, South African musician, & former lead vocalist/songwriter of Bongo Maffin, one of the pioneering bands of Kwaito (a variant of house music, using African sounds & samples). Her music is often deeply political and her compositions include traditional Xhosa rhythms, Mbaqanga, reggae, kwaito and funk & jazz sounds. She is a recipient of a Kora award for Best African Female, 4 South African Music Awards, & others. If you are not familiar with her, take a listen to her song…

South African music: from bubblegum to kwaito - SouthAfrica.info

South African music: from bubblegum to kwaito - SouthAfrica.info

Miriam Makeba, nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer and civil rights activist who campaigned against the South African system of apartheid.  As a result, the South African government revoked her citizenship and right of return. In the 1960s she was the first artist from Africa to popularize African music in the U.S. and around the world. My mother enjoyed her music tremendously.

Miriam Makeba, nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer and civil rights activist who campaigned against the South African system of apartheid. As a result, the South African government revoked her citizenship and right of return. In the 1960s she was the first artist from Africa to popularize African music in the U.S. and around the world. My mother enjoyed her music tremendously.

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