Thembi MavimbelaMavimbela studied a Bachelor of Music Degree (BMus) at the University of the Witwatersrand majoring in Performance and Composition. He has been active in the music industry since 2009 as a professional touring musician. He has worked and travelled with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) to the United States of America in 2011.

He has been highly involved with jazz combos such as the Ekaya Big Band with Abdullah Ibrahim, Themba Mkhize, Marcus Wyatt, late Zim Ngqawana, Sibongile Khumalo, Hugh Masikela, Simphiwe Dana’s DVD’s, Msaki and is currently Music Director for Ntsika (from The Soil). He has featured on various albums including Sisa Sopazi’s Images and Figures, Tumi Mogogrosi’s Project Elo, and McCoy Mrubata’a  Bra Skap Vol: 2. He was the musicians for the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Mavimbela co-wrote two theatre musical productions – Milked Voice and Igama – with Director and script writer Slindile Mthembu. He is also a professional educator at Phineas Xulu High School, where he teaches bass guitar and runs a school Big Band.