Legendary musician and our December 2017 cover star Thandiswa Mazwai is celebrating her birthday with a Womxn Only Show at the Newtown Music Factory this weekend. Coined KING THA DAY, the star aims to celebrate the day with all her sisters. “I’m inviting my sisters to a women-only gig on my birthday in celebration of their resilience and strength,” she says. “It is an attempt to strengthen the sisterhood and together imagine new worlds. We will come together in one space to celebrate our unique power.”
Image: Thandiswa Mazwai IG
The show will include a market, talks and poetry in the small venue. The line-up boasts with poets, authors and lesbian activists such as Nova Masango, Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola and Bev Ditsie. Thandiswa will be supported by her sister Ntsiki Mazwai and Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for Jazz Thandi Ntuli to perform on the main stage.
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“All who identify as womxn or are gender nonconforming are welcome at KING THA DAY,” says King Tha. “I have chosen to share my birthday with a room full of women to bask in their power and magic. On the night, we will create a Supernova: We will shine a thousand times brighter than the sun and our light will be seen for a billion years to come. Our coming together may even create new galaxies, new worlds…”
“We are strengthening the sisterhood at KING THA DAY, everyone on stage will be a womxn and all our vendors, the tech teams and venue staff will be womxn too,” continues Mazwai. “This is to help empower womxn in many of the fields connected to music, by giving them opportunities they wouldn’t normally have. This is a celebration of womxn, for us, by us. Where we cannot find a womxn to fill a certain position we commit to running internship programmes to one day fill those positions.”
The concert is a precursor to the “AmandlaWomxnFest, a weekend-long womxn only festival that I am planning just outside Johannesburg in August,” explains Thandiswa Mazwai.
Tickets are available for R250 on here. and the show kicks off at 4 pm at the Newtown Music Factory.