It’s been seven years since Thandiswa Mazwai released an album, but after years of waiting, the incredible singer will drop her new album ‘Belede’, on the 25th of November this year as she signs an exclusive deal with Universal Music South Africa.

Managing Director of Universal Music South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa Sipho Dlamini is thrilled to welcome Thandiswa to the Universal family. “This is such an honour, it’s been a pleasure watching you grow into your space and see the ease in which you occupy it. We are delighted to participate in your project, ‘Belede’ an amazing album, we wanted to do a deal as soon as we heard it, this is a beautiful reflection of where Thandiswa is in her journey and the message she wants to share with us.”

Thandiswa is equally elated, “Having been in the industry for so long, I’ve known the team here from since when I started with Bongo Maffin in 1998, so it’s just comfortable. I’m happy that Universal Music will make sure that everyone gets to hear the amazing music.”

‘Belede’ is a a jazz tribute album named after Thandiswa’s late mother and will serve as Thandiswa’s third solo album. “Making this album was a sonic delight and I feel blessed to have been able to sing some of these songs and pay tribute to some of the most rebellious and monumental musicians of my time.” There are many reasons why artists, especially those touted as the voices of their generations, may want to revisit anthems. In Thandiswa’s case, the political temperature of this post-apartheid dispensation calls for this decisive move. “I’ve reimagined these songs for a new space and time, and what’s interesting is that even though a lot of these songs were written as rebel music against Apartheid, they still make sense in South Africa now. They still have the same impact, ask the same questions and evoke the same actions.”

The singer will be dropping her new single ‘Jikijela’ this Friday alongside the pre-order of ‘Belede’ on iTunes and Apple Music while the album will be released on all digital platforms and in store on the 25th of November. The public are invited to celebrate with the legendary singer when she launches ‘Belede’ on Thursday 24th of November at The Soweto Theatre. Tickets are available from R200 and up at, and 0861 670 670.

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