Thandiswa Mazwai to Drops New Album – Belede


Multiple award winning Thandiswa Mazwai is dropping her new album later this month.

Her last album Ibokwe was released in 2009 through Gallo Records.

Today it was announced that the singer signed a deal with Universal Music South Africa and would be releasing a new album.

“…this is a beautiful reflection of where Thandiswa is in her journey and the message she wants to share …”

The legendary singer will launch her album on Thursday 24th of November at The Soweto Theatre.

Thandiswa said having been in the industry for so long, she had known the team here from since when she started with Bongo Maffin in 1998, so it’s just comfortable.

“I’m happy that Universal music will make sure that everyone gets to hear the amazing music.” she said

Belede, her third album and studio album in seven years. It’s a jazz tribute album is named after her late mother.

“Making this album was a sonic delight and I feel blessed to have been able to sing some of these songs and pay tribute to some of the most rebellious and monumental musicians of my time,” Thandiswa explained.

Managing Director of Universal Music South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa Sipho Dlamini said they are thrilled to welcome Thandiswa to the Universal family.

“This is such an honor, it’s been a pleasure watching you grow into your space and see the ease in which you occupy it.We are delighted to participate in your project, Belede an amazing album, we wanted to do a deal as soon as we heard it, this is a beautiful reflection of where Thandiswa is in her journey and the message she wants to share with us.” said Dlamini

Thandiswa co-created the album with a core trio of drummer Ayanda Sikade, pianist Nduduzo Makhathini, and bassist Herbie Tsoaeli, with years of history between them, does an impeccable job of contributing virtuoso playing while anticipating Thandiswa’s vocal crests and waves.