Global Jazz Sampler: Thabisa

Presented with support from Ruby Melton & Gail McAvay

Soul has never sounded as jubilant as when singer-songwriter Thabisa performs, which is no surprise given that her name means “to bring joy.” Originally from South Africa and now a New Haven local, Thabisa incorporates a range of African genres in her music, from Afro-beats to traditional folk. Festival frequent fliers will remember her iconic performances. This performance is a kickoff to Thabisa's 2022 tour- not to be missed! PARKING INFO: There is limited, free onsite parking near the Bucknall Theater as well as street parking.

Thabisa, Sendera Khane

Thabisa Rich

Thabisa is an eclectic and dynamic singer/songwriter, a South African who has made New Haven her home. Her unique approach to music is on display in her latest single, #SweetSorrow, which draws from her lived experiences, inspiring the creation of a third album and tour. Fans are beckoning to hear some of their favorites like #Thetha Inyani, #Mfaremfare and #Eyodidi longing for sounds that promote Africa in global stages while keeping her ‘je ne sais quoi’ essence intact thus making her #ThabisaMusic.

Thabisa is an independent artist who is making a name for herself with her energy, charisma, and incredible voice. Thabisa uses her talents and time to take part in social justice work, community engagement programming through her artistry and thus founding her own nonprofit, Rich Arts Collective, as a way of "building bridges of human understanding and connectivity using music, art, and performances."

Thabisa will surely move you and knock your boots off!

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