See Thandi Ntuli, back from being exiled!
Written by Qello Mapanya on October 16, 2019
As though to “fulfill” the essence of her sophomore release Exiled, 2019 has seen Thandi spend a lot of time away from home by means of an artist residency and tour in Switzerland, as well as a US tour, which was recently concluded with a performance as part of “The South African Songbook” alongside Wynton Marsalis and The Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra.
When asked about how she feels this experience has affected her artistically, she exults “the many ways travel has introduced or re-introduced” her to herself.
Since the dawn of her solo career with The Offering (2014), which celebrated its fifth solar return last month, Thandi has always expressed a keen interest for the world through its many cultures. It is no wonder then, that her sound is simply yet aptly described as music that “reflects her cross- cultural mix of America and African traditional music…” (Nadia Neophytou – Billboard).
Like one of her heroes, Bheki Mseleku, whose album Home at Last, reflects a celebration of returning, Thandi feels a great eagerness to reconnect with her long-standing collaborators; bringing all her “becoming’s” and musically sharing a conversation on what’s new as she says:
“I just wanna play!”
Mthunzi Mvubu (flute & alt sax) ; Sthembiso Bhengu (trumpet) ; Keenan Ahrends (guitar); Shane Cooper (bass) ; Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums).
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Thandi was last interviewed live on TransAfricaradio on 20 March 2017. If you missed her interviews on the station click here: