Thandy launches album in style

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BULAWAYO’s rising songstress, Thandeka Patricia Dhlana, aka Thandy, launched a six-track debut album Ongaziwayo on Wednesday night at Horizon Leisure Centre, amid pomp and fanfare.

DIVINE DUBE
Own Correspondent

When the ethno-soul diva took to the stage with the song Hamba Khuleka, revellers who had been kept in limbo for close to two hours, were set aglow by the mesmerising performance from the sassy starlet.

The Gwabalanda-born 22-year-old singer did not disappoint as she complemented her music with scintillating dance moves as she showcased foot-work nurtured during her days at Bulawayo’s shining dance outfit Intombi Zomqangala — renowned for cutting-edge traditional dance.

Her lively eight-member supporting band did not disappoint as well as they put up a top-notch performance signified by a pleasant symphony emanating from the harmony of the guitar and mbira bringing to the house an Afro-centric aura.

“I am extremely happy. The response was overwhelming! Most people do not know me, but I am grateful to every fan who dedicated their time to be part of my album launch,” the elated diva said after the launch.

“I am happy that my music seems to appeal to both the young and the old. Music lovers in (Bulawayo) easily identify with house music, but their response to my music — ethno-soul — which is relatively a new genré of music was overwhelming. With such support I look forward to grow better in music,” the singer said.

Afro-jazz king Jeys Marabini was expected to grace the occasion and perform alongside the rising mbira star, but he reportedly failed to pitch up due to personal commitments.

The album sung in Ndebele and Shona has songs such as Ongaziwayo the title track, Hamba Khululeka, Nguthand’ Ekuseni and Makanaka.

The promising singer, who has ventured into the male-dominated industry, is signed with Kira Music.

“We are confident that from 2014 she will embark on international tours as her music appeals to everyone,” Clarence Garura the project manager of Kira Music said.