Date:26 August 2021 - By: Kaizer Nengovhela
Tshanduko Maano, better known on stage as Mazwale, released her sixth album, called Vhudobadoba.
The album, containing eight tracks, is already in high demand locally and expected to do well commercially too. Mazwale said that she was very happy with her latest release.
A resident of Mapate, Mazwale’s journey to stardom started many years ago while she was still in primary school at Mapate village. “My voice stood out both at Sunday school and at community gatherings, and I later became the lead vocalist at our local church. I always found myself leading and everyone kept on talking about the little girl with the ‘sweet voice’, and the rest is history.”
Her first album, Ndinne uno, was released in 2014, with the hit praise song Ndwinwana wanga and title track, Ndinne uno, which was very popular among the fans. In 2015, she released her second album, Usapfa hutunya mavhudzi, followed by Vhuhadzi ndinama ya thole in 2018, Tshitoko in 2019 and Usivhone bere ukhanya in 2020.
This talented musician, who holds a diploma in sound engineering from Damelin College, won the Best Tshivenda Award during the 2016/7 South African Traditional Music Awards (Satma) ceremony. She also won a Tshivenda Music Awards (Tshima).
Though the new album as a whole seems to be doing well already, Corona, Ma 200, Ariye Munatini and Tsinga ndedede appear to be enjoying special favour with the fans.
Mazwale admits to having a personal love for House music and said she was really just trying her luck with this latest album. “I was ecstatic to learn that this has been my best offering yet. I am truly moved by the massive airplay the album is receiving on national and regional radio stations at the moment. Everyone who listens to it is just in awe of the composition in general, and for that I am grateful,” she said.
For Mazwale, the most important thing about her new album is that she remained true to herself and who she is when she did the recording. “I didn’t want to imitate anybody and that is why the album is so outstanding, unique and soothing to the listeners’ ears.”
She encouraged young people to realise the importance of education, and to put that first. “People change through life, and it worries me that so many of the children in the Vhembe area abuse alcohol and drugs. I would very much like to see people get together and address these burning issues, so that they can stop,” she said.
Tshanduko “Mazwale” Maano. Photo supplied.
By: Kaizer Nengovhela
Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.