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Thanda Gumede

Thandanani GumedeThanda's own website: https://www.thandamusic.co.uk/

Thanda Gumede founded Zulu Tradition and is their managing member. He is also the lead singer and songwriter of Ubunye, the Leeds-based, Zulu/British fusion jazz group. He is available for solo educational concerts and to lead choir performances when the Zulu Tradition and Ubunye schedules permit.

Born and raised in the townships of KwaZulu Natal, near Durban in South Africa he first came to the UK as a bright-eyed teen with Mighty Zulu Nation, but soon formed the co-operative, fair-trade Zulu Tradition, which he now manages as well as performs with. He's sung and danced for the royals at Buckingham Palace, at the British Museum for the first International Nelson Mandela Day, at the South African High Commission and on several occasions for the British Red Cross, including their Gala at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane produced by Angela Rippon. He has played concerts, events and festivals all over Great Britain as well as back home in his native South Africa.

Thanda GumedeThanda is available for school concerts and workshops and also to lead choir performances and workshops, and deliver workshops on performance, Zulu culture and language using traditional song, dance and drama. He builds his solo timetable around Ubunye and Zulu Tradition's schedule.

Educated and erudite, this young man devises Zulu Tradition's schools programme, and can offer a solo music, song and dance programme to cover:

  • Diversity awareness
  • Breaking down the barriers around prejudice
  • Ethnic, religious and racial equality
  • Community building
  • International understanding leading to local benefits

Thanda has a full DBS check.

When he gets the opportunity he also sings with his church's gospel choir.

Based in West Yorkshire when he's in the UK, Thanda will travel for engagements and can arrange educational performances, with one or two additional performers or with the full Zulu Tradition group depending on school budget and ambition.

(Pronounce Thanda as Tanda, the H is silent. It's short for Thandanani. Pronounce Gumede: Guh-may-deh)

Ubunye

Thandanani Gumede (2nd from right), Xolani Mbatha, Nokuthula Zondi, Bongi Gwala (vocals)/ Dave Evans (keyboards)/ Emma Johnson (tenor saxophone)/ Simon Dennis (trumpet)/ Nik Rutherford (guitar)/ Barry Ricarby (bass)/ Alex Wibrew (drums)

Ubunye

Imagine the raw power of African voices in harmony; the pounding rhythm of Africa blended with the explosive energy of a live band. This young and vibrant group of Zulu performers and seasoned musicians from UK reach back into the past to combine ancient tradition with contemporary flare. UBUNYE deliver a soulful- goose bump inducing-performance of original pieces cleverly fused with Southern African songs.

Some members of UbunyeLeft to right: Xolani Mbatha, Nokuthula Zondi, and Thandanani Gumede, members of both Zulu Tradition and the vocal powerhouse behind Ubunye.

Tour Dates

Thanda also sings for organisations, schools, choirs, weddings and private events. These are not all listed here. Please enquire for available dates. More dates booking now.

2018

FEBRUARY 2018

15 & 22 Feb 2018: OAOP Sing for Pleasure Choir, Otley Labour Rooms, 01 Nelson Street, Otley, LS21 1EZ.

24 Feb 2018: Singing Workshop and Performance, Cross Street Chapel, Manchester, M2 1NL.

MARCH 2018

01, 08, 15, 22 & 29 Mar 2018: O.A.O.P. Sing for Pleasure Choir, Otley Labour Rooms, 01 Nelson Street, Otley, LS21 1EZ.

02 Mar 2018: Henley Rugby Football Club, Dry Leas, Marlow Road, Henley on Thames, RG9 2JA.

05-09 Mar 2018: Opera North, Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate, Leeds,LS1 6NU. (Arts Council funded residency)

14 Mar 2018: Rodillian Academy, 23-29 Longthorpe Lane, Lofthouse, Wakefield, WF3 3PS.

16 Mar 2018: Wakefield Jazz Club, Eastmoor Road, Wakefield, WF1 3RR.

APRIL 2018

05, 12, 19 and 26 Apr 2018: O.A.O.P. Sing for Pleasure Choir, Otley Labour Rooms, 01 Nelson Street, Otley, LS21 1EZ.

07 April 2018: Whalley Village Hall, Accrington Rd, Clitheroe, BB7 9TD.

19 Apr 2018: Rural Touring Scheme Tour, Wholton Village Hall, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8XD. (Rural Touring is Arts Council supported)

20 Apr 2018: Rural Touring Scheme Tour, Frosterly Village Hall, 17 Front Street, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL13 2QW.

21 Apr 2018: Rural Touring Scheme Tour, BURC (Formerly St Paul's) , Spittal, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1RD.

22 Apr 2018: Rural Touring Scheme Tour, Melmerby Village Hall, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 1HD.

27 Apr 2018: Rodillian Interim Choir Performance, Longthorpe Lane, Lofthouse, Wakefield, WF3 3PS.

 

MAY 2018

03, 10, 17 & 24 May 2018: O.A.O.P. Sing for Pleasure Choir, Otley Labour Rooms, 01 Nelson Street, Otley, LS21 1EZ.

04 May 2018: Ribble Valley Jazz Festival, Castle Gate, Clitheroe, BB7 1AZ.

10 May-26 May 2018: Z.T. Recording, Park Head Studio, Huddersfield.

28 May-01 Jul 2018: Ubunye Recording, Studio Tbc, UK.

JUNE 2018

02 Jun 2018: (Actual Venue TBC), Concert and Workshops (Date confirmed), Lewes, Sussex, UK.

03 Jun 2018: Milkmaid Folk Arts, Apex Arts, Bury St Edmunds.

07, 14, 21 & 28 Jun 2018: O.A.O.P. Sing for Pleasure Choir, Otley Labour Rooms, 01 Nelson Street, Otley, LS21 1EZ.

09 Jun 2018: Tonicha Lawrence Academy Dance Showcase, 92 The Avenue, TLA, Gateways School, Leeds, LS17 9LD.

JULY 2018

05, 12, 19 & 26 Jul 2018: O.A.O.P. Sing for Pleasure Choir, Otley Labour Rooms, 01 Nelson Street, Otley, LS21 1EZ.

09-13 July 2018: Rodillian Festival, Rodillian Academy, Longthorpe Lane, Lofthouse, Wakefield, WF3 3PS.

14 Jul 2018: Burton Agnes Jazz Festival, Rudstone Road, Burton and Agnes, YO25 4AB.

20 Jul 2018: Leeds Jazz Festival, Tbc, Leeds, UK.

AUGUST 2018

02, 09 & 16 Aug: O.A.O.P. Sing for Pleasure Choir, Otley Labour Rooms, 01 Nelson Street, Otley, LS21 1EZ.

11-18 Aug 2018: Broadstairs Folk Week Tbc, Broadstairs, Kent, UK.

26 Aug 2018: Gwyl Festival, Ynysbwl, near Pontyprydd, UK.

SEPTEMBER 2018

06, 13, 20 & 27 Sep 2018: O.A.O.P. Sing for Pleasure Choir, Otley Labour Rooms, 01 Nelson Street, Otley, LS21 1EZ.

TBC: Sep 2018: CJC Ft . Thanda, The Soul Bar, 663 Roundhay Road, Leeds, LS8 4BA.

OCTOBER 2018

04 Oct 2018: Derby Folk Festival, Derby, UK.

05 Oct 2018: The Priestley, 04 Chapel Street, Bradford, BD1 5DL.

04, 11, 18 & 25 Oct 2018: O.A.O.P. Sing for Pleasure Choir, Otley Labour Rooms, 01 Nelson Street, Otley, LS21 1EZ.

NOVEMBER 2018

05 Nov 2018: Lewes Bonfire Event, Lewes, Sussex, U.K.

01, 08, 15, 22 & 29 Nov 2018: O.A.O.P. Sing for Pleasure Choir, Otley Labour Rooms, 01 Nelson Street, Otley, LS21 1EZ.

DECEMBER 2018

06 & 13 Dec 2018: O.A.O.P. Sing for Pleasure Choir, Otley Labour Rooms, 01 Nelson Street, Otley, LS21 1EZ.

08 Dec 2018: Tonicha Lawrence Academy Anniversary Show, 92 The Avenue, Leeds, LS17 9LD.

16 Dec 2018: Vologee Christmas Fuddle, Eiger Studios, Farfield House, New Craven Gate, Leeds, LS11 5NF.

18 or 19 Dec 2018:  O.A.O.P. Christmas Show, Otley Labour Rooms, 01 Nelson Street, Otley, LS21 1EZ.

27 & 28 Dec: Ubunye Rehearsal and Songwriting Session, Leeds, UK.

JANUARY 2019

10, 17, 24 & 31 Jan 2019: O.A.O.P. Sing for Pleasure Choir, Otley Labour Rooms, 01 Nelson Street, Otley, LS21 1EZ.

13 Jan 2019: Live at Northwrite, UK. Venue and other details to follow