Press Release

A Tribute to Mama Africa – Sophiatown Vibes in KwaMashu

In association with Concert SA, iSupport Music Business presents A Tribute to Mama Africa by vocalist Thulile Zama to KwaMashu in Durban. Zama will visit Artizen Restaurant and Lounge on Sunday 03 June at 3pm, tickets are R50 and available at the door.

Vocalist Thulile Zama will be accompanied by Rebakah Doty on drums, David Smith on keys and Sibusiso Mkhonza on Bass Guitar. Also Ulozolo Dancers, who are from KwaMashu, will be featuring.


Zama promises to bring the audience “Rhythmic grooves, beautiful lead vocals and basslines that make you move your feet.”


Miriam Makeba’s career influenced Thulile Zama and her band members to such extend that they found it fitting to do a tribute in the honour of Mama Africa. Her and her band have chosen songs from different era of her illustrious career including favourites like Pata Pata and Click song, but also the ballads like Promise and the heart wrenching offerings that she penned when she was in exile are included in their set. Mama Africa was very much influential, musically as well as politically throughout the continent and this band feels this should be remembered and celebrated.


Makeba was a mother to many musicians and to non-musicians. She played a big role in the Apartheid time. She wrote and sang many struggle songs that sent a message abroad and within the country. Her songs addressed issues that South Africa was facing in those difficult times. Songs like in the jungle, Khawuleza and Ibhabhalazi just to name a few. The band has performed A Tribute to Mama Africa in theatres and live music venues across South Africa, namely in Pretoria, Hammarsdale, Kloof and Pietermaritzburg.

This performance is part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities, as well as anchor small and medium sized venues in urban and rural Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape.

Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian live music development project housed within the SAMRO Foundation. Concerts SA receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SAMRO, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway. Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, and providing support to the sector through research and skills development for music professionals, the project aims to build a vibrant and viable live music circuit in southern Africa.  It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.

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Events Listing

Sunday 3 June

Artizen Restaurant and Lounge

Plot 11, Illovo Rd, Kwa Mashu C

KwaMashu, 4360

Tickets R50 at the door.

Simone Gobin is a 24 year old, it graduate, wife to Avi and mother to Yash & Ralee Gobin. She spends her days being a mother and a wife. She has decided to start a blog as a creative outlet as well as connect with other parents. Her belief is that there is a lot to learn from other parents out there and she welcomes all advice possible.

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