We are Thesis ZA. You might be wondering why the name Thesis. Let us explain: a few years ago, we sat down and started brainstorming ideas for our duo's name. Many cliche ideas of womanhood were thown around and needless to say none of them felt authentic. One day Ayanda, 1 half of the duo thought up the word Thesis. This represented - and still represents - experiences, thought, observation, research and learned lessons of a subject, life experience, discipline or piece of work. And there it was, an accurate representation of what we felt our was - the amalgamation of all of these things into song, into music as a body of work; and thus Thesis ZA.

Our music is written - quite deliberately- in isiXhosa, a South African language and it tells stories of love, loss, joy, hope, societal ills and sometimes - the fun of life. All through one (of many) South African perspectives. We hope you enjoy our music :)
  • Authenticity
  • Balance
  • Boldness
  • Community
  • Compassion
  • Creativity
  • Curiosity
  • Determination
  • Faith
  • Fun
  • Growth
  • Happiness
  • Influence
  • Kindness
  • Learning
  • Listening
  • Meaningful Work
  • Poise
  • Reputation
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Risk-taking
  • Success
  • Teamwork
  • Trustworthiness
  • Vision
  • Well-being

Cultural background

  • South Africa


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This Collaborative was really amazing. After doing the first song with submitted titled ''Dance with me'' we decided to work together this second song titled ''Iphupha''. The theme of this song is love. The main song idea was proposed by Thesis Za and when i listened to it i literally fell in love with it. We developped the song and decided to mix both english and french as international languages with xhosa a local south african language. This mixture of language brought a particular colour to the song. This song describes the happiness that we have for our first love. The joy and love that we have for our first love are such that we want it to last forever. Love is a feeling so beautiful and strong that it transcends the difficult realities of a daily life. It was great to work on this song but it was also challenging to find the right words while mixing three languages. We are really happy we finally did it and we really hope you are going to love this song as we do.
123 votes
  • Reggae / Carribean
  • Singer
  • Electric piano
  • Grand Piano
  • Piano
  • Bass guitar
  • Violin
  • Bass Drum
  • Conga
  • Cymbals
  • Drum set
  • Flute
  • Cameroon
  • South Africa
Iintloni (Shame)
Our collaboration tells the story of a woman who feels empowered by her own strength and abandons the shame others try to put on her. We have blended the sounds of contemporary Xhosa music with a mystical instrumental and electronic accompaniment. We hope others will feel pride in themselves and find the strength to walk with such purpose too.
30 votes
  • African
  • Ambient
  • Electronic
  • Neo-Soul
  • R&B / Soul
  • Vocal
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Vocal ensemble
  • Sampler
  • South Africa
  • United States of America
Iintlonie (The Shame)
This song was inspired by the beautiful work of South African feminist author Dr Pumla Gqola, whose book 'A Renegade Called Simphiwe' unravels the story of award winning South African musician & activist; Simphiwe Dana. It inspired us to think about our experiences navigating the spaces we occupy as well as the music industry - as women. We all touched on various experiences & saw the need to lyrically demolish the common denominator that was 'shame' in each of our lives. Shame of being women, shame of overcoming poverty in a country still largely affected by it, shame of all kinds. Iintloni rejects shame & tells a story of a world shocked and surprised by women who walk in control, certainty and confidence.When we imagined the song - we thought of no better collaborator than African Multi-Instrumentalist Sky Dladla who captured our message beautifully with the drums & pipe. A mix of South African jazz, Xhosa lyrics & vocals as well as Southern African instruments - this is Iintloni.
74 votes
  • African
  • Jazz
  • Traditional / Folk
  • Background vocals
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Electric piano
  • Bongo drum
  • Flute
  • Lesotho
  • South Africa
Dance with me
Collaborating with the group Thesis Za on the song dance with me was a real pleasure but it was also a real challenge because I had never had the experience of a long-distance collaboration until the musical project came to an end without ever meeting. We had to find a trick to communicate and exchange our ideas in real time and for that we choosed whatsapp. We created a group that has really facilitated communication. After that, we had to coordinate our studio sessions in order to share each part we were to record and check for the harmony of the song. I must say it is a rewarding experience. I am really proud of the result. This blend of Cameroonian and South African culture on a song, it's amazing how it looks like we are singing in the same language and yet it is two different African languages, with these few words in English that come and embellish it all.
80 votes
  • African
  • Fusion
  • Pop
  • Funk
  • Rapping
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Piano
  • Bass guitar
  • Conga
  • Djembe
  • Cameroon
  • South Africa


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