BASADI ( Sotho Word for Women) has taken the Music industry by storm and proven playing instruments is not exclusively a male dominated activity .The band has done no less than making solid inrows in the South African Music scene. Ever since their inception fourteen years ago, Basadi’s exhilarating live performances have earned them respect from the fraternity for their world performances, making a strong statement as young Female band in SA.
Basadi has shared the stage with South African Music giants both locally and Internationally. This includes performing with the Denmark 72 piece Orchestra, Hugh Masekela, the late Mama Miriam Makeba, Brenda Fassie, Caiphus Semenya and Many others.
Basadi Music style is diverse, rich and varied. Taking listeners through South African Favourites such as Phata Phata, Aluta Continua and to classic Jazz, blues, Rock and soul Rnb influences all bought together in Jazz the most sophisticated undying music that stood the test of time in this Era. The Band style of Music has said to inspire dignitaries this includes the Queen and King of Stockholm in Sweden, Political Leaders Kofi Anan, Former President Nelson Mandela, Former President Thabo Mbeki, and the President Jacob Zuma and other prominent great leaders and their Music got them to dance and stamp on their Feet.
Mabatho Masopha - Born in Soweto, she is the founding member and leader of the band. She derives her inspiration in Jazz music from her father, who played the saxophone and drums.
Portia Sibiya - One of the few phenomenal outstanding female Bassists playing a six string Bass.
Busisiwe Sibisi - Taught and inspired by her Father on what it means to be a great female pianist.
Nozipho Mguni - Drummer and backing vocals.
Dineo Masopha - She is the elder sister of Mabatho and the percussionist and vocalist in the band.
Basadi Women of Jazz have performed on a number of occasions. Some of their hallmark performances are listed below:
- ABSA / Barclays Launch
- The Black Management Forum
- World Aids Day
- Sowetan Women's Club
- Metrorail Women's Development Launch
- Government Communicators Awards
- Women of Sport Banquet
- 2003 Travel & Tourism Banquet
In 2003 the band released their independently produced debut album Journey Ain’t Through. This has set the standard for the band. leading to successful performances both local and abroad.
The Band has represented South Africa at the Millennium Dome in London where they appeared live on 22 channels BBC television. Other international Performances include the South African 10 Years of Freedom Celebrations in Vienna, Stockholm, Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland and Rwanda. The band also flew SA's flag high during the SA Human Rights Celebrations in Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia.The Band was also honoured by receiving the awards in recognition of their excellent performance in Basadi Women of Jazz at Ho Chi Minh City University of Foreign Languages and Information Technology –HUFLIT.
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