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Richardson launches debut album

DANCEHALL diva Fallon Alice “Thanda” Richardson is set to release her first album next week entitled Give Thanks and Praise next Tuesday at The Mannenberg in Harare.

Known and applauded for her passion and energy for dancehall reggae and ragga –– she describes her music as “a fusion for the youth of the 21st Century”. 
The CD features the backing of some of Zimbabwe’s great reggae instrumentalists including Jamaican drummer Trevor “Ras Jabu” Hall, who directed the music on this project. Poet “Outspoken” also features on the CD as a guest.
Thanda has been nine years on the music road, starting out with studio-generated backtracks of her own original music, and her first single out in 2003 –– typical dancehall entitled Sing-Sing in a style branded as the “Kunta Riddim” by producer Tony Fresh. 
In 2004 she joined Hall and the reggae band Crucial Mix as a backing vocalist, which led to her first South African performance at the 2004 Bob Marley Commemoration in Johannesburg.
Since 2008 Thanda has been closely involved in the gender programme Flame (Female Literary, Arts and Music Enterprise) by Pamberi Trust, participating in “Workshops for Women Artists by Women Artists”, strutting her stuff at the Sistaz Open Mic, performing her own music and supporting others in various music collaborations in and around the city. –– Staff Writer.

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