Thando. Pic: Wilson Liew
Following on from her debut EP, Digital Love Letters, Zimbabwean-born/ Melbourne-based hip hop artist, Thando, has announced an Australian tour on the back of her new single, Numb.
Numb features acclaimed MC Remi, and addresses Thando’s experiences and feelings as an African youth growing up and assimilating in Australia.
“Topics concerning ‘belonging’ and ‘race’ have been focused on by mainstream media – especially as of late) – and this had me reflecting on my place in this country and where I truly belong,” she explains. “The title references the struggle of realising how displaced I feel when I’m being my truest self, instead of a watered down version that’s easier to get along with… and in turn, numbing myself to how hard it actually is to do that.
“My hope is that taking this track around the country will start a conversation amongst listeners and their peers about the difference between tolerance and acceptance, and how psychologically taxing it can be as a minority to have to assimilate.”
Thando’s tour stops by Four5Nine on February 28; The Odd Fellow, Fremantle, March 2, and Nannup Music Festival on March 3-4. Full dates and details at thando.com.au.