Image: Ts'eliso Monaheng

Image: Ts’eliso Monaheng

Zama Mthethwa

Thandi Ntuli is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with in the South African Jazz industry.

Not only is she an accomplished pianist, songwriter and vocalist, she’s also a composer and band leader. Her passion for music started at the tender age of 4, she went on to take classical piano lessons under the tutelage of Ada Levkowitz. Coming from a family with a rich lineage of musical heritage, Thandi pursued and harnessed her talent by enrolling and completing a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance at The University of Cape Town.

In 2014 she released her debut album titled ‘The Offering’, which she released independently. The 11 track album was nominated in the “Best Urban Jazz” category at the 2015 MetroFM awards, Thandi was also recognised for her contribution to South African jazz at the 2015 and 2016 ImpACT Awards, where she was nominated in the music category.

This multi talented artist is now back with her brand new single titled  ‘Cosmic Light’, which will be released in the end of November. Thandi describes the sound of the new song as “cross over jazz” because of the different elements that make-up the song.

‘Cosmic light’ is the first single from her upcoming sophomore album titled ‘Exiled’ set to be released in the first half of 2017. The album will have nine tracks and also be rooted in jazz, “I have experimented with different sounds, there’s more usage of voice and not just instruments. I wanted to stretch myself and reach for the sound in my head,” she explains.

In this song Thandi showcases her vocal ability, ‘Cosmic Light’ has a catchy singable melody complemented by a blend of mellow harmonies.

What you should expect from Thandi’s new music is growth in composition and style. No collaborations have been confirmed yet but she is hoping to feature some artists that will complement her sound.

It is known that South African jazz artist seldom release videos, however there might be a possibility that ‘Exiled’ might come with a couple of videos.

Moving forwards, Thandi wants to continue performing, she aims to branch out of Johannesburg and perform in other cities across South Africa. International performances are also in the works for the young jazz maestro.