The tour was part of a cultural exchange programme dubbed Wo-Calling meaning woman calling. Lady Thanda described the tour as an eye-opener for her as an artist.
“The tour was a wonderful expedition for me as I had a lot to learn from various artistes from around the world,” she said. “I had a great time performing as a reggae artiste especially in Germany where the response was just awesome.
That was a great platform for me since I got the exposure that we rarely get at home. “I also got to meet the great German reggae musician Uwe Bantan and Jamaican Yah Meek with whom I recorded a collaboration song titled Rise up,” said Lady Thanda.
She said the song was about Africa and it seeks to urge Africa to take a stand as it is a great people. “Another highlight for me was when I had the chance to meet Kymani Marley in Norway.
“I felt privileged as a Zimbabwean woman representing my country as I stood next to him. “It has always been my dream to get to that stage because you learn something every time you meet such a person.”
During the tour Lady Thanda performed as a reggae artiste and also as a traditional musician when she played mbira and other African instruments.
Wo-calling was launched at the Harare International Festival of Arts (Hifa) last year and it is made up of women from Canada, England, Germany, Norway and others from all over the world.
Lady Thanda said this year’s tour was sponsored by the Culture Fund, the Norwegian Ministry of Culture among other sponsors. She said she is currently planning for an African tour with the artistes she collaborated with.
“Plans are underway for an African tour, which will see me perform with Uwe Bantan and Yah Meek in countries like Ghana, Kenya and Senegal before we come to Zimbabwe.
“We also intent to bring the two for Hifa if everything goes according to plan,” she said.