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Ntsiki Mazwai: 'Black People are Dumb for Supporting Beyonce'

International singer Beyoncé announced that she's expecting twins on Wednesday. The news broke the internet and social media has been b...

International singer Beyoncé announced that she's expecting twins on Wednesday. The news broke the internet and social media has been buzzing with excitement and filled with congratulatory messages.

However, outspoken musician Ntsiki Mazwai does not see what all the excitement is about. "Every time Beyoncé does something...i realise how starstruck n dumb black people are", Ntsiki Tweeted.

She further lashed out at the media for distracting people from more important issues than Beyoncé's pregnancy news. Thandiswa was born in 1976 (the year of the Soweto Uprising). 

She grew up almost entirely in Soweto, Johannesburg, amidst the heavy apartheid township violence of the 1980s. Both her parents were journalists and anti-apartheid political activists, and she recollects that her home was filled with books, articles and thick with political discussions. 

'Black People are Dumb' 

It was this environment that nurtured her perspective as an artist. She went on to attend Wits University where she studied English literature and International Relations. Her work has always been inspired by her mother (who died early in Thandiswa's life) and the writings of people like Steve Biko and Frantz Fanon, Chinua Achebe and Kwame Nkrumah.

Thandiswa's first attempt to get noticed occurred at the Shell Road to Fame talent show but Thandiswa did not even make it to the semi-finals round. She did, however, catch the eye of musician and producer Don Laka, who arranged to include her in a project he was working on. 

And so she began her career in 1998 with Bongo Maffin, one of the pioneering bands of Kwaito. She became widely recognised as the voice of South Africa's conscious youth, their compositions consistently combining dance floor favourites with thought-provoking lyrics. 

They were invited to perform all over the world, and shared the stage with musical icons Stevie Wonder, the Marley clan, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Chaka Khan, Sean Paul, Steel Pulse and Skunk Anansie, among others. 

Their contribution to the South African musical cannon earned Bongo Maffin numerous awards, among them South African Music Awards, the Kora All Africa Music Awards, and the Metro FM Music Awards. - Online Sources 

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