Music: Thabisa, and friend MXO from South Africa, play Tues., Sept. 10

Dynamic Afro-soul singer Thabisa returns to Best Video Performance Space on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Thabisa will share the evening with her friend MXO, another South African r&b singer currently touring the U.S. The show starts at 8 PM.. The cover is a sliding scale of $5-20—pay what you can in that range to support the artists.

Thabisa, a singer songwriter from South Africa and now New Haven’s songbird, will share her talents and journey through music and storytelling. Accompanied by Jim Lawson (bass), Lamar Smith (guitar), Dylan McDonnell (sax/flute), Eric Rey (percussion), and Sam Oliver (drums), she will bring in songs unsung and a few of your favourites from both her “Eyodidi” and “The Journey” albums.

Thabisa’s story begins in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Born and raised by her grandparents in KwaZakhele township, she could always be found singing and dancing outside her home. Neighbors gave her the name “Little Brenda” for the legendary South African pop star Brenda Fassie.

In 2012 she entered the national singing competition, Idols South Africa, and finished in the Top 18. The following year, she signed on with the independent record label Tammy Music and produced two albums, Eyodidi (2015) and The Journey (2013)..

Thabisa currently lives with her family in the United States. “What makes my music worthwhile, is the opportunities it opens for me to work with children and inspire them to dream big” she explained. Thabisa volunteers with children using music, cultural exchange, and story-telling.

MXO was born in Kwa-dwesi, Port Elizabeth in 1978. Singing began quite naturally for him as a young child growing up in the township and participating in both school choir and the scout choir. It was the musical legends such as Letta Mbulu, Hugh Masikela, Miriam Makeba as well as the social and political climate of the early 1980’s that influenced the youngster and he was part of two groups – Black Power Crew and Lil Homies – that were in demand throughout Port Elizabeth.

With lyrics that celebrate life, deal with matters of the heart, are fully respectful of women and address issues like violence against women and the HIV/AIDS pandemic, MXO packs a powerful punch.Live, MXO’s undeniable sex appeal and naturalness on stage is clear for all to see and together with his band Stone (Sabelo is on the guitar, Msebenzi on Bass, Sifiso on the keyboard, Papi on the Sax and Martin on drums), his shows are a must-see event throughout the country.

Globally, MXO looks set to make an impact. Early this year, he collaborated with Grammy Nominee Jamie Catto for the second One Giant Leap project which brings together artists from all corners of the earth.

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