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For instance, which African artist wasn’t inspired by Mam’ Miriam Makeba?
Even Busi Mhlongo was inspired by her; she used to tell me that she used Miriam to practise her singing ...
Mazwai’s return to the public eye is ahead of the release of her nine-track jazz album Belede – named after her late mother, who always was an immense source of inspiration.
It came out of years of playing with her band: “I have been working with this band and we were reinterpreting my music, and I really wanted to do an album with this band, and I couldn’t think of an idea.
And Hugh Masekela remains one of my dearest friends, so it was about paying tribute to these people and also reimagining their work for a contemporary time, even though I am using quite a mature medium.
Kaja Nin, Angélique Kidjo..."Return to her throne“I am glad I waited ... There was something Lauryn Hill said when she was younger and it was basically about how you need the time to be a student.
You are a student, then you are a teacher, and the artist cannot share anything if you haven’t learnt anything.
So there’s no confusing me with someone else, I am literally in my Thandiswa Mazwai attire, and a man comes up to me with his phone and says: ‘Uxolo sisi, ndicela i-interview?
’ [Excuse me, sisi, can I please have an interview?