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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 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 Ubunye

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left 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.

2020

23 Jan 2020: 
Otley, Labour Rooms, 01 Nelson Street, Otley, LS21 1EZ.

26 Jan 2020: 
Ubunye-The Brudenell, 33 Queen’s Rd, Leeds, LS6 1NY.

27 Jan 2020:
Thanda - Talent Development, Manchester Jazz Festival, Elliot House, 151 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3WD.

05, 12, 19 & 25 Feb 2020
(Thanda) - The Rodillian Academy, Long Thorpe Lane, Lofthouse, Wakefield, WF3 3PS.

06, 13, 20 & 27 Feb 2020 : 
(Thanda) in Otley, OAOP, Labour Rooms, 01 Nelson Street, Otley, LS21 1EZ.

04, 11, 18 & 25 Mar 2020:
(Thanda) The Academy, Wakefield, Full address omitted for safeguarding.

06-08 Mar 2020:
Thanda - Collaboration with Nishla Smith Manchester, venue TBC.

05, 12, 19 & 26 Mar 2020 :
(Thanda) Labour Rooms, 01 Nelson Street, Otley, LS21 1EZ.

03 April 2020:
 Final Performance before Easter, The Academy, Wakefield, Full address omitted for safeguarding.

02, 09, 16 & 23 Apr 2020:
 (Thanda with OAOP SP Choir) Labour Rooms, 01 Nelson Street, Otley, LS21 1EZ.

17 Apr 2020:
(Zulu Tradition) Landewednack Community Hall, Beacon Terrace, Lizard, Helston, TR12 7PB.

18 Apr 2020:
(Zulu Tradition) Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth, EX8 5JY.

19 April 2020:
(Zulu Tradition) Cheriton Fitzpaine Parish Hall, Bary Cl, Chariton Fitzpain, Crediton, EX17 4BB.

06, 13, 20 & 27 May 2020:
Thanda, Academy somewhere in Wakefield, U.K. full address undisclosed for safeguarding.

09 May 2020:
(Zulu Tradition) Manchester, Private event.

07, 14, 21 & 28 May 2020:
(Thanda with OAOP SP Choir) Labour Rooms, 01 Nelson Street, Otley, LS21 1EZ.

June-Aug 2020:
Thanda - (performances, workshops and filming), Opera North's The People's Lullabies formerly known as The Lullaby Project. Dates to follow!

03, 10, 17 & 24  June 2020: 
Thanda. Academy, Wakefield, U.K. full address undisclosed for safeguarding.

04, 11, 18 & 26 June 2020:
(Thanda with OAOP SP Choir) Labour Rooms, 01 Nelson Street, Otley, LS21 1EZ.

July
Rodillian Festival Week TBC.

02, 09, 16, 23 & 30 July 2020:
(Thanda with OAOP SP Choir) Labour Rooms, 01 Nelson Street, Otley, LS21 1EZ.

05, 07 & 08 Aug 2020:
Thanda: (Collaboration with Ms L. Welburn, rehearsals, Live Performances and recording) Park Head Studio, 10 Park Head, Birdsedge, Huddersfield, HD8 8XW.

13, 20 & 27 Aug 2020:  
(Thanda with OAOP SP Choir) Labour Rooms, 01 Nelson Street, Otley, LS21 1EZ.

06, 13, 20 & 27 Aug 2020:
(Thanda with OAOP SP Choir) Labour Rooms, 01 Nelson Street, Otley, LS21 1EZ

12-13 Sep 2020:
(Vocaleeds Choir Festival) WYPHPlayhouse Square, Leeds, LS2 7UP.

22 Sep-Nov 2020
Ubunye Album release and U.K. Tour TBC
VARIOUS: Leeds, Norwich:[The Garage, 14 Chapel Field North,Norwich Norfolk, NR2 1NY], Hebden Bridge, Clitheroe: [The grand, York Street, BB7 2DL], Middlesbrough: [Town Hall, Albert Rd, TS1 2QJ] and London.

01, 08, 15, 22 & 29 Oct 2020: 
(Thanda with OAOP SP Choir) Labour Rooms, 01 Nelson Street, Otley, LS21 1EZ

10 Oct 2020: 
Zulu Tradition - Masonic Event TBC (Scarlett Entertainment).

01, 08, 15, 22 & 29 Oct 2020:
(Thanda with OAOP SP Choir) Labour Rooms, 01 Nelson Street, Otley, LS21 1EZ.

01 Nov 2020:
(Thanda collaboration with Singtasia) Mama Doreens Emporium, 9-11 Station Square, Harrogate, HG1 1TB.

05, 12, 19 & 26 Nov 2020:
(Thanda with OAOP SP Choir) Labour Rooms, 01 Nelson Street, Otley, LS21 1EZ

03, 10 & 17 Dec 2020:
(OAOP SP Choir) and Christmas/X-Mas Party Concerts, Labour Rooms, 01 Nelson Street, Otley, LS21 1EZ and Otley Methodist Church, 65 Walkergate, Otley, LS21 1AG.

Site Updated at regular intervals, keep an eye out for more dates soon!