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Thesis ZA- the duo that is making big waves

BY 30.08.19

The Cape Town vocalist duo that makes Thesis ZA comprising Ondela Simakuhle and Ayanda Charlie made it into the final list of the Mail and Guardian 200 Young South Africans 2019.

Producing jazz and classical sounds, they were featured as one of the influential website OkayAfrica’s 15 South African musicians to watch in 2019. Three of their compositions were featured on Tina Turner’s international organisation Beyond Music’s Top 50, a project that aims to highlight exceptional musical talent worldwide.

According to Mail and Guardian ”Charlie and Simakuhle aim to write work addressing the Black femme experience in ways that are “new, exciting, beautiful and truthful” – and to do it in their own language. Ultimately, they hope to play an active role in the creation of a stronger song-writing landscape in South Africa, ensuring that the music of up-and-coming South African songwriters, composers, and performers is successfully documented". 

Thesis ZA whose career highlights include a European tour where they performed in Germany and Switzerland in 2016 take pride in being independent artists who are not driven by financial demands, but by the love of their art.

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