Thokozani Mhlambi is a renowned cellist, composer and musician from Newcastle in Kwazulu-Natal, who is becoming known as a globally-recognised artistic innovator through his storytelling performances.
His musical compositions are simple and yet musically incisive; they show a deep engagement with the archive (the rich history of southern Africa) whilst also wrestling with contemporary forms and the imaginative limitlessness of African performance traditions.
Thokozani is currently putting together the final touches to his very own debut musical album, which is expected to be released later this year. As a global player, Thokozani has performed and hosted workshops in USA, Canada, Namibia, Mozambique and Botswana to name a few.
If that’s not all, he is currently rehearsing for his upcoming performance, Zulu Song Cycle, at the 2019 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in July. We caught up with this hottie to find out more about his personal side.
What would you say is your best attribute, and why?
I am a serious hopeful. Very little can put me down, and I am in it for the long run, so if it doesn't work out now, I can wait.
Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by many. I am inspired by Yehudi Menuhin, the great violinist of the 20th century. He never stopped being so generous with his time and music, even when he became big and famous. I also admire Web DuBois, the Pan-African leader, who became more and more international and dynamic in his older years.
What’s your idea of a perfect date?
The right music in the background. This is what establishes the atmosphere.
What’s your favourite drink?
I do like a perfectly made flat-white coffee to kick-start my day while reading a book.
What fills the spot at the top of your dream destination list?
I have always wanted to go to Tokyo (Japan). What fascinates me about the place is the seamless integration of the old and the new.
Do you have any regrets when it comes to past relationships?
No. I have always learnt something new along the way.
What are your style go-to’s?
My collection of vintage hats and caps. There is one for every occasion.
Who is your WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday)?
Rutina Wesley (the star of US TV series, Queen Sugar).