Thanda Gumede founded Zulu Tradition and is their managing member. 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. He has played concerts, events and festivals all over Great Britain as well as back home in his native South Africa.
Thanda is available for school workshops and also teaching choirs, vocal coaching and delivering workshops on Zulu culture and language. He works his solo timetable around Zulu Tradition's schedule.
Educated and erudite, this young man devises Zulu Tradition's schools programme, and can offer a solo programme to cover:
He has a full DBS check.
He is a consummate teacher of African songs and will also teach general singing and voice classes, small groups or one-to-one.
Based in Huddersfield, Thanda mostly works with schools in Yorkshire, but will also travel where practical and can arrange school workshops solo, 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)
Most of Thanda's work is for organisations, schools, choirs and private events.
You can catch up with him at Zulu Tradition concerts, festivals and events.