TWO empowering female artists — Shomon Daniel and Lotshiwe Tshabalala — will be performing at the Maritzburg Musicians’ Club (MMC) at La Casa in Quarry Road, Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday, August 8.
Both women use their voices in music to make a stand for independence, love, peace and power.
Daniel, no stranger to the KwaZulu-Natal music scene, is back at the MMC for a second time.
“Shomon’s non-commercial, yet deeply moving lyrics and melodies have been described by the media and fellow musicians as meaningful, nourishing, igniting all the senses, unique, unpredictable, beautiful, necessary and magical,” says Steffie Bets of Word of Mouth Press.
“Her voice is so powerful that it transforms her from a gentle healing angel into a powerful and raunchy “rock chick” in the space of a few bars.
“Shomon’s lyrics [also] reflect and reveal the reality of her personal journey through life, with all observations, feelings and emotions laid bare, allowing the audience to recognise and embrace things within themselves.
“It is not so much a performance, but rather an awesome experience, for both the artist and audience.”
Tshabalala is an independent soul and jazz artist, based in Edendale, Piertermaritzburg. Her music journey started at the age of six when she was inspired by her mom’s singing.
Her brother introduced her to jazz and neo-soul, and she has since been influenced by Thandiswa Mazwai, Sade, Emily Remler, Somi to Jill Scott and Themba Mokoena.
Tshabalala has performed at the Zuzuka Festival, Bean Cean Café, Music in the Hills, Tina’s Hotel, Live Fridays and appeared in the South African film The Lucky Specials, alongside Thomas Gumede and Oros Mampofu. The movie was directed by Rea Rangaka.
The singer, who is making her debut at the MMC, says her aim is ‘to spread love, peace and healing through the power of music and spoken word.’
Doors open at 7 pm. Tickets are R50. There will be pizza menus for dinner.