Lutho Mankomo and Thandolwethu Ndzuzo together create amazing, very energetic music duo. How it happened that they ended up making music? Must have been fate!
Thandolwethu: I’ve known Lutho since the ECCC days, the Eastern Cape Children’s Choir, and back then we were two awkward kids who had no clue of each other up until we went to the same high school. Talk about fate hey! We had a mutual friend, who I’d practise with at the Bluewater bay church, where Lutho also lived. This just made sense, because we were all music lovers and so we would go to the church and just have the best jam sessions. It didn’t really stop there because going to Alexander Road High, we had spaces catered to hone in our talents and so with that advantage, at school, we went wild with it. There was a Society group called “Beat” and every Wednesday Night we would attend, have signed up our names a week prior to catch a spot to perform for the night. It is clear to say that’s when our love for music truly showed itself, we trusted it and have never let go of it since. Even after high school, I know the urge to make, create and just sing, keeps me up at night and even with our busy lives we’re managing to make time to come together and just, live our love for music.
Most probably it was fate that brought us two to perform at Imibala Arts Festival for the first time on an open stage, we feel so honored!
Thandolwethu: 2018 – 2nd edition of the Imibala festival, performing for the first time ever in an open stage was a real thrill for us and meeting a lot of local talents in and around the city. It was truly inspiring for us to take that leap in making our own music.
2019 – 3rd edition of the imibala festival, twice you would think we would be chilled about it, but it was insane how we got to be a part of the Imibala Creative lab, which catered again to all artists from, all walks of life, to share their story on how they got to where they are now, with their crafts and how they’re using this as a means to propel themselves further, whilst impacting their communities in so many ways.
This too also taught us to take that risk, take risks as a whole, because playing it safe won’t give you growth. 2019 was a year where we truly honed in on our songwriting skills to give a truly authentic performance stemmed from a very vulnerable place for us. An amazing experience.
Main purpose of Imibala is to put creative people together, let them learn from each other and share experiences. Imibala allows beautiful collaborations to happen.
Thandolwethu: Also working with Tarynne Swarts (Pachamama) on backing vocals was the highlight for us, in terms of understanding how recording music vs performing music was like. An experience we never took for granted.
Being part of the Imibala festival as a whole, we got to be surrounded by artists who we understood to have been in the same boat that we find ourselves in now, when trying to get their craft out there. The information, the necessary tools provided to us, is greatly appreciated and with it we have yet to unravel what might become with our vision in the African Music Industry.
The great news is that we may be expecting an original project of Lutho and Thandolwethu!
We are trying to make the most with what we got. For now, we are focusing on getting a space to record freely and make proper music. We’re steering away from covers, slow but surely, the masses may expect an ep in the following months to come.
We just can’t wait!