Saxophonist Thabani Gapara presents the “The Mwana Wevhu” Tour

Thabani Gapara

Saxophonist Thabani Gapara invites you on a sonic journey with the “Mwana Wevhu” tour, a celebration of Southern African jazz infused with the rhythms of Central and Southern Africa, intertwined with classical elements.

An enchanting concert that celebrates the musical heritage of Southern African jazz brought to life in a truly unique performance that features western classical instrumentation.

Translated as “Child of the Soil” in Shona, “Mwana Wevhu” is a love letter to his Zimbabwean heritage. The performance promises an explosion of diverse sonic traditions, harmoniously blending Southern African cultures. The concert features a dynamic live band, accompanied by a string quartet.

With a musical journey spanning 16 years, taking him across continents and musical landscapes. A graduate of the New Zealand School of Music, Gapara’s collaborations with an array of artists in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and New Zealand have enriched his creative repertoire.

From being a vital saxophonist in some of Aotearoa’s prominent acts, including Stan Walker, Katchafire, Rob Ruha,Troy Kingi, Sons of Zion, Ella Monerry, The Modern Māori Quartet to contributing on projects like Five Minutes of Fame – Whakaata Māori, Symphony and the Rugby World Cup Sevens theme music, Gapara’s musicianship and presence on stage knows no bounds.

This show is an absolute must-see!

Tour Dates:

  • Tauranga (Mount Maunganui)  –  3 November 2023
  • Auckland – 10 November 2023
  • Hamilton – 1 December 2023

Thabani Gapara invites you to join him on this musical safari. Experience the magic of “Mwana Wevhu.”



Thabani Gapara

Zimbabwean born and raised,  Thabani Gapara is an Auckland based saxophonist who has been performing around the world in various musical projects for the last 16 years. A  graduate of the New Zealand School of Music (B Mus Jazz), Thabani has had the pleasure to play as a member in several musical projects in Zimbabwe, South Africa and  New Zealand.

His passion for collaboration has seen him work with a plethora of South African and New Zealand artists including: Batucada Sound Machine, Warren Duncan, Hipstamatics, Jujulipps, Bella Kalolo, Rob Ruha, Lou’ana, Vince Harder, Stan Walker, The Modern Māori Quartet, House of Shem, Three Houses Down and Katchafire to mention but a few.

2019 saw the release of Thabani’s first album ‘In Their Footsteps,’with his band The Thabani Gapara Project. A Celebration of the many varied musical influences that have shaped Gapara’s creative voice, each song given a unique take that breathes a fresh energy to these classic songs.

In the ‘The Griots Path’(released 2020) Thabani presents his own original music celebrating a variety of his influences from the African diaspora incorporating styles such as Zouk, Afro Latin music, funk, and many of the sounds of Southern Africa. 2023 marks Thabani Gapara’s  New Zealand tour, titled “The Mwana Wevhu Tour.”

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