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'Artists Respond' projects that can be enjoyed in coronavirus isolation | Hartford Courant

May 30, 2020

By Susan Dunne

Thabisa Rich is a popular signer in New Haven. Her husband, Charlie Rich, is her manager. Lately, with their two kids at home all day because of school closures, their minds aren't on music but on their and other people's kids. Specifically, how kids are coping with the health crisis?

Westville's annual ArtWalk goes virtual, with events May 8 and 9 | Hartford Courant

May 06, 2020

By Susan Dunne

The Westville neighborhood in New Haven has held an annual ArtWalk event for 23 years, attracting thousands of visitors to hear music, look at art, shop from vendors, eat at restaurants and have fun.

Artwalk 2020 Goes Virtual | The Arts Paper

May 06, 2020

By Lucy Gellman

The duckies will still race across the water, but the cheer section has been asked to stay at home. Exhibitions are going up—just on computer screens across the neighborhood. Yarn bombing has been replaced with quarantine-era yard bombing. Thabisa is still planning on making an appearance, but not without her mask at arm's reach.

Neighbors Bid Bridge Good-Bye, For Now | New Haven Independent

March 07, 2020

By Emily Hays

Around 300 neighbors braved freezing temperatures on Friday Night to celebrate, and mourn, the upcoming temporary closing of the Grand Avenue Bridge.

At Mardi Gras, NHFPL Centers Story | The Arts Paper

February 26, 2020

By Lucy Gellman

Gina and Greg Mackinnon were married on Mardi Gras weekend in New Orleans. When they saw that the New Haven Free Public Library was having a big party on their 20th wedding anniversary, it felt like fate.

On MLK Day, A Place Where Music Does The Talking | The Arts Paper

January 21, 2020

By Lucy Gellman

By the second half of "Lovely Day," hearts were pumping and twisting across the sanctuary. By "Siyahamba," attendees were dancing in their seats. And when conductor Kenneth Joseph raised his hands for "Lift Every Voice and Sing," the sun shifted outside, and sheaves of gold light streamed into the church.

At Peabody, Humanity and Hope Honor Dr. King | The Arts Paper

January 20, 2020

By Jamiah Green

Hips swayed and feet moved to the music. Vocals sailed through a microphone. Poetry traveled slowly to the audience, its message hitting home between the lines. One way or another, performers vowed, change was going to come.

Arts Council Awards Celebrate City's Connectivity | New Haven Independent

December 08, 2019

By Brian Slattery

Babz Rawls Ivy, member of the board of directors of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, looked out over the crowd seated in the ballroom of the New Haven Lawn Club Friday afternoon for the Arts Council's 39th Annual Arts Awards.

New Haven Artists, Orgs Score State Grants | The Arts Paper

September 25, 2019

By Lucy Gellman

Six New Haven artists, several New Haven arts organizations and at least one public art project will be bringing new work to the city, thanks to the most recent round of arts funding from the state.

Township Friendship Brought to Best Video | New Haven Independent

September 11, 2019

By Brian Slattery

Deep into her set at Best Video on Tuesday, Thabisa had the crowd wrapped around her finger. And she wasn't even the headliner.

Brawlers Dance Away The Monday Blues | The Arts Paper

August 13, 2019

By Lucy Gellman

First Cafe Nine was a cozy living room. Then it was a jazz club suspended somewhere between Johannesburg and New Haven.

Brawlers Befriend The Crowd At Cafe Nine | New Haven Independent

August 13, 2019

By Karen Ponzio

In between songs at Cafe Nine Monday night, New Haven-based musician Thabisa talked about her friend Becca Fox from the group Gentlemen Brawlers, who would be coming up to the stage for the set after hers.

Thabisa Rocks New Haven Green | New Haven Independent

June 09, 2019

By Maya McFadden

The South African born musician Thabisa let her sonic stardom shine on the New Haven Green Saturday as the headlining artist for this summer's International Festival of Arts & Ideas concert series.

Diamonds and Amber Honor Dr. King | The Arts Paper

January 22, 2019

By Leah Andelsmith

Singer Thabisa Rich was all smiles on the stage, jumping and twirling with the littlest audience members in the room.

Panel Discusses Refugee Issues | Yale Daily News

October 15, 2018

By Ruiyan Wang

Over 50 people gathered in Linsly-Chittenden Hall on Friday night for a panel discussion on refugee and immigration advocacy, as well as an African soul music performance.

World Refugee Day Looks To Border Crisis | The Arts Paper

June 23, 2018

By Lucy Gellman

Over 400 guests enjoyed international cuisine made by refugee chefs; a soulful performance by South African artist, Thabisa; refugee henna artists; a photo exhibit of Refugees of Connecticut; and a family unity rally.

Thabisa Follows Her Own Path | New Haven Independent

December 19, 2017

By Brian Slattery

Thabisa strolled from the back of Kehler Liddell Gallery in Westville with a megaphone in her hand, already singing. The people in the audience, seated on the gallery floor — many on blankets and pillows — fell quiet as soon as they heard her voice.

Small Stage, Big Sound | The Arts Paper

September 12, 2017

By Stephen Urchick

Singer-songwriter ThabiSA crouched low, training her microphone on the impromptu shaker solo from her toddler-aged son. He had gleefully rushed the stage moments before, and his face was now all concentration. His eyes settled on some vague, middle distance as he dutifully picked out the beat to “Pata Pata” by Mariam “Mama Africa” Makeba: the second-to-last song from ThabiSA’s early afternoon set at the CT Folk Festival.

Debut Album Nets Nomination | Daily Dispatch

September 08, 2014

By Gugu Phandle

An Eastern Cape musician’s journey to success is picking up speed with her debut music video up for a Satma award.

Songstress Thabisa Takes Us Through Her Journey | SABC News

November 03, 2013

SABC Digital News

Thabisa on the release of her debut album titled "The Journey"

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