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WOMEN’S FESTIVAL GALA CONCERT (article first published : 2000-08-8)

Tomorrow night’s (August 9) spectacular opening to The South African Women’s Festival presented by the Playhouse Company and Transnet brings together three indisputable divas of the South African music industry: Gloria Bosman, Thandiswa Mazwai and Busi Mhlongo. The concert takes place at 19h30 in the Playhouse Opera Theatre.

Winner of this year’s SAMA award for Best Newcomer for her much-awaited debut album Tranquillity, Gloria Bosman performed at the 1998 South African Women’s Arts Festival Gala Concert and comes to this year’s festival after her highly successful appearance at Grahamstown Arts Festival, having won the 2000 Standard Bank Young Artist Award.

Born in Mofolo and raised in Soweto, she began her career singing in a church choir, and made her professional debut at the Market Theatre in 1993 in a production called SA Love. She was awarded a scholarship by both Nedbank and the Permanent Bank, which enabled her to study opera at the Technikon Pretoria. Since then she has amassed an impressive biography, having performed and sung with the cream of South African musicians.

Rejecting the popular view that Kwaito singers are either ignorant youngsters, stupid, or apolitical, Thandiswa Mazwai holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and English from Wits. She joined Bongo Maffin in 1997 as lead singer after having worked extensively with the band as a backing singer and session musician. She is the first national pop singer to wear Xhosa make-up and has taken a leading role in the fight against AIDS in South Africa.

Few were surprised when Busi Mhlongo scooped three awards at this year’s South African Music Awards for her album Urban Zulu. Her music combines mbaqanga, maskanda, marabi and traditional Zulu music, and draws on contemporary elements from jazz, funk, rock, gospel, rap, opera, reggae and West African sound.

Busi was born into a musical family in Inanda, KZN. As a child, she was given a small drum and two sticks and encouraged to sing at weddings, in church choirs, and at school. She left school to pursue a career in Johannesburg and became a member of the group African Jazz. Since then she has travelled the globe working with internationally renowned artists in musicals, jazz and roots albums, and other performances.

These three superb women performers are together on stage for the first time in a concert which promises to blow you away! The gala concert will also feature an eight-member band as well as the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra. Book at TicketWeb. Ticket prices are R45, R38, R30 and R15.




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