Listen to Nokwazi's tape Thula

Nokwazi — Thula

What’s that? It’s the sound of really good Zulu soul melodies over tight and mellow beats. Someone recently sent me a package of South African pop cassettes and this has been on my home stereo repeatedly.

Please note: the overblown/peaking sound on side two is on the original tape, I tried to correct it in the digitizing process to no avail.


Side 1


Yin’ Uthando



Ihlabeni! Niyilawule


Side 2


Isoka Lami

Inkomo Yami


Thula Mphikeni


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

Christoph + Christine Lüscherreply
September 16, 2015 at 3:51 am

Wow, what a surprise! I did know before, that the Zulus are such talented Folks, but this singer really merrits to heard internationaly!
Yin’ Uthando is a hit!
I would love to hear more of her, (hopefully in better sound-quality…)
Thanks for this site!

Peter Battyereply
September 17, 2015 at 6:13 pm

OK, I never comment on websites. Nokwazi is awesome. Every track on this cassette is a gem. I cannot imagine just how successful this lady would be if she had worldwide exposure. The two levels of backing vocals is stupendous.
It has been three or four weeks since I downloaded this record, and everytime I try to listen to any other record, I stop and go back to Nokwazi.
If you have other tapes from this lady, please post them.
Thanks, Peter

(かわいい Fab Fabreply
March 6, 2017 at 12:29 am
– In reply to: Peter Battye

Very talented and underrated artist; downloaded the whole album!

November 3, 2015 at 9:18 am

did she sample baabbu maan’s Saun Di Jhadi for the first track sophie? that “ahh” sounds the same just pitched up a bit. that would be some crazy cross pollination.

Zain Hreply
March 13, 2016 at 9:30 pm

Very uplifting and fun material!

February 8, 2017 at 1:44 am

I like it it so awesome

May 3, 2017 at 2:59 pm

I’m pretty sure this is bio is of the same artist (the pictures look the same).

Rick Thorpereply
March 23, 2019 at 1:32 am

Good to hear this, thanks!

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