Thanda Gumede's South African bracelets and microphone-cred. MBD photography
Thanda Gumede interview at Yes in Manchester, U.K. Photo cred. Richard Tymon.
Thanda/ Thandanani Gumede @Sofar Sounds with football star Bernardo Silva in attendance.
Thanda /Thandanani Gumede demontrating a Zulu dance @ photo shoot-England, UK.
Thanda/ Thandanani Gumede during a photoshoot in England, U.K.

So here's my story:

My name is Thanda Gumede (self-trained), and I am the founding and managing member of the touring free-lance cast known as Zulu Tradition all the way from Durban South Africa. I have been touring the UK for several years to perform in festivals, theatres and high profile events including the first ever Nelson Mandela Day at the British Museum in London (sanctioned by the U.N.); the Theatre Royale in West End for Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra and an exclusive performance for all the 44 members of the British Royal Family in Buckingham palace, to name a few. I'm also part of Ubunye-Unity band currently touring the UK as part of the 2017-2018 Northern Line Jazz Rota and headline act of the 2017 Manchester Jazz Festival. Additional projects include Opera North Lead Artist 2019, The People's Lullaby Project.


MJF Hothouse Artist 2019-2020.


  • I have done extensive work for the School Partnership Trust to help create school choirs in Leeds; Doncaster and Dewsbury. The primary focus was to work with pupils and prepare them to perform alongside myself and other professional singers in festivals or alternative showcase events.

  • Worked for D.A.R.T.S. in 2014-2016 delivering Music Workshops; Tuneful Chatter for young ones and residencies in primary and high schools for different projects incl. using music as stimuli for creative writing and combating bullying and injustice.

  • I offer African Music Workshops  with live performances for schools. For more info please click here.



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Thanda/ Thandanani Gumede live at YES in Manchster, United Kingdom, photo cred. Richard Tymon.