Bathandwa Lerato


Bathandwa Lerato is a KZN born artistic performer, creative writer, film and theatre actor, singer/ songwriter/ composer, as well as a model and events MC. Raised in a musical household, by her mother- language and life skills teacher and counselor, former ballroom dancer and instructor in Esikhawini- Bathandwa found her voice at a very young age. Growing up she listened to music by Dorothy Masuku, Letta Mbuli, Tina Turner, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald as well Miriam Makeba until she became exposed to Brenda Fassie, Lebo Mathosa, Boom Shaka and the likes.

The University of Kwa - Zulu Natal Music and Drama Performance Studies graduate began her musical career with performances at venues such as The Centre for Jazz, The BAT Centre, The Jazzy Rainbow, Khaya Records and many more in and around Durban. Some of her most notable performances include her opening musical performance at the ACCORD Africa Peace Awards Dinner celebrating Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at the ICC Durban in 2015 and as a narrator and performer at the opening of The Denis Hurley Centre.

Bathandwa has also appeared leading and supporting roles in two short films by film students titled "Casey" and "Black or White", TV commercials for various brands and campaigns and many different productions. At The Playhouse Theatre in Durban she acted alongside Mam'Thembi Mtshali, Mondli Makhoba, Mduduzi Nombela, Phindile Gwala, Khaya Dladla in a production directed by Duma Ndlovu and choreographed by Vusi Majola and Somizi Mhlongo. At The Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre she appeared in The Spaces In B'Tween directed by Dr Tawnya Pettiford-Wates ,Love, Crime and Johannesburg directed by Kamini Govender, De Complete Hstry of D'Urban directed by the late Themi Venturas. At the Market Theatre Laboratory in Thandeka directed by Tebogo Machaba and Vuyo Madyibi.

Bathandwa is currently working on a body of work of her original music and has recently released a single available on most favoured streaming platforms titled Ngiyak' Zingela. She is also very passionate about art education and has worked with young children of varying ages to tutor, nurture and help them cultivate their creativity.


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