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by The Tholakele Project

This project takes different genres of Southern African music and fuses them to recreate a new sound. A sound which includes musicians from very different contexts, with isiZulu Maskanda, Mozambican, Zimbabwean, isiXhosa and Jazz styles.
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1. Inkulu Into Ezokwenzeka
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2. Kulo Mzuzu
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3. Chemutengure
3:57 $0.99
4. Ingane Yami
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5. Itshintshi'lkhona
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6. Uyandibiza
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Bronwen Clacherty was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1986 at the height of apartheid but by the time she was four years old Nelson Mandela had been released and she was one of the first generation of South Africans to grow up in a democratic South Africa. This has shaped her identity as a musician.

“The Tholakele Project is my attempt to integrate my musical identities. I have begun composing music that uses what I have learned about Xhosa bow music and other African instruments and I blend it with what I know as a Jazz musician. I am beginning to perform and record this mixed music with other young musicians from Cape Town and Johannesburg.”

Working with traditional songs from the Xhosa, Gaelic and Shona heritage, The Tholakele Project has put together a recording of music that celebrates the many identities that make up South African music.

“Why the name Tholakele Project? When I studied isiZulu at school my friends called me Tholakele (meaning found). My Xhosa bow teacher called me this and so do most of the musicians I work with. I thought it should be a Project as it is a process of collaboration with other musicians.”

The Tholakele Project was recorded with Maskanda guitarist Comeladies Mtolo, accordion player Sipho “Lahl’umlenze” Nxumalo, singer Judith Somhlaba, bassist Aaron”Maqhude” Mkhize, bassist Shane Cooper, Zimbabwean guitarist Adrian Muparutsa, Mozambican drummer Texito Langa , Saxophonist Buddy Wells, Xolani Gongxeka and Michael Ludonga.



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Terry Baxter

Execllent African Music
I met Bronwen on a recent 4 week cruise of West Africa on the MS Expedition. She was the Musician and Lecturer, where she introduced me to her music. She is an excellent musician and teacher. I immediately bought her CD after returning home from Africa. The music is so beautiful and peaceful. Bronwen has a lovely voice.