Tony Award nominee and winner of several top industry awards including Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, Drama League Award for Outstanding Performance in a Musical (for originating the role of "Rafiki") in THE LION KING ON BROADWAY, Tsidii continues to bring her electrifying performances and multi-faceted artistry to international audiences. Tsidii was the only lead performer in The Lion King On Broadway to be also involved in the creative process of the musical, and her composition, Rafiki Mourns is included in the Grammy Award winning album of The Lion King On Broadway. The supremely talented Lady has also been awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement in Musical Theatre from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. Tsidii won the highest number of top industry awards than any performer in the musical (The Lion King).
Her Concert career performances, festivals, international tours, recordings, include a roster of world-class stars such as Sting, Elton John, Madonna, Harry Belafonte, Miriam Makeba, Dionne Warwick, Youssou N'Dour, Roberta Flack, Max Roach and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Tsidii has collaborated and performed as guest star in productions including Riverdance On Broadway and in CANCIONES ANTES UNA GUERRA / SONGS BEFORE THE WAR (Maria Pages' Flamenco Company ) which toured Spain and Italy and won best Show of the Seville Bi-Centinial Flamenco Festival (XIII Bienal De Flamenco de Sevilla).With the invitation of her now late mentor Anneline Malebo, former singer of "South Africa's Supremes", JOY, Tsidii started her career as a member of the top South African Trio, SHADIII with Anneline Malebo and Faith Kekana. Her theater, film and TV credits include lead roles in two Stephen King Made-for-television movies ROSE RED and THE DIARY OF ELLEN RIMBAUER (Stephen King and Ridley Pearson) and LAW AND ORDER. Theater includes SOUTH PACIFIC (in which Tsidii played “Bloody Mary” and earned a Leon Rubin Award Nomination); THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES with Phyllis Newman and Lea DeLaria and AGAMEMNON AND HIS DAUGHTERS (in which she played “Kassandra”).
Her television special CAUGHT IN THE ACT on WGBY won the Iris Award for best local program. The television special TSIDII LE LOKA IN CONCERT aired on major television networks and was re-aired several times by popular demand. She was the only Performer invited to perform at Dr Nelson Mandela's first International Press Conference in Johannesburg after his release from Prison. On her maternal side Tsidii is a Princess and a direct descendent of the 19th century Amahlubi Leader, Chief Langalibalele. Her Royal ancestry dates back several centuries and includes a history that encompasses Robben Island. Shortly after his release from prison, Nelson Mandela flew in by helicopter to lay a wreath at Langalibalele's grave. So Nelson Mandela paid tribute to Langalibalele, completing a particularly important and historic circle in the history of South Africa; a circle that began with Langalibalele and ended with Mandela and his contemporaries. The home of South African jazz Langa, meaning "Sun", is named after Chief Langalibalele, and is Cape Town's oldest township. Langa is also traditionally a repository of a rich history as colorful as New Orleans.
Currently Tsidii holds two degrees (BA music and a BA Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst).Tsidii has studied Speech and Drama with Trinity College of Music, London, and with notable English acting teacher and actress, Fiona Fraser. Tsidii studied voice with a number of practitioners, particularly with Shirley Emmons , winner of the Marian Anderson Award and The Obie Award, who also taught at Columbia University for 35 years. Shirlee was also the former chair of the prestigious American Academy of Teachers of Singing, Shirley’s students included Opera stars, Hei-Kyung Hong and Harolyn Blackwell.
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