Thandeka Nompumelelo Mkhwanazi, known as TDK Macassette, was born and raised in Woodland, Montclair Durban – the warmest city by the beautiful coasts of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. She started her career off at the age of 14 years old at Ukhozi FM where she was part of a kids show every Saturday morning between 7.30am and 8am. This is where she pursed her love for dancing and performing arts and that’s how the name TDK Macassette came about.
The KZN-born star found her way to fame after studying PR and making the right connections in the industry. Knowing the right people lead to being at the right places at the right time. After a while, TDK was not just “hanging out” in the studio, she was making music. She was part of some of HHP’s biggest tours in Gauteng where she opened his show among many other female dancers.
She began her singing career with the likes of DJ Maphorisa who discovered her, Sjava and DJ Buckz when they collaborated on Gooshehse Somnika, which has inspired her to work even harder with her creativity in music.
Tell us a bit about who TDK Macassette is.
She’s an open book truly, looks being around people, enjoys what she does, very spiritual and loves her family. She was once in corporate working under a communication management company when she ventured into radio, that’s when the love of music grew.
What tips can you share that have helped to shape your career?
-Never allow anyone to tell you it can’t be done
Who are some of your favourite musicians?
The late Lebo Mathosa, Makhadzi, Beyonce and Nicki Minaj just to name a few.
What is your most memorable performance to date?
When I shared a stage with Black Coffee, I remember performing just before his set time.
Who inspires you?
My mother and in fact my whole family.
What projects are you currently working on?
I’m working on a few features and my EP.
What do you think makes African music so unique to the rest of the world?
We crazy like that, like a whistle song can trend, a dance can trend, I mean anything can trend – as long the beat is fire SA will rock.
With FAME Week Africa being hosted in the Mother City, what do you love about Cape Town?
The sunset, the people, the beauty of the city together with the history behind it. Lastly, my fans – my Western Cape fans are family to me.
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