Odwa Bongo


Odwa Bongo is a singer, songwriter, composer and performer from South Africa.

Bongo's music is experimental with a dominating African rooted sound. It is an experiment of soul feeding sounds best described as avant-garde.

He was classically trained at the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School under the guidance of Doctor Johann Van Der Sandt who is a phenomenal and globally well-known choirmaster. He also received training from Rykie Boeke who was the second conductor of the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir.

In 2010, Bongo was awarded the Best Tenor Soloist award and was chosen to represent South Africa in South Korea as a member of the Drakensberg Boys Choir School.

After his best years at the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School, he was introduced to Jazz in 2012 and in the same year he was chosen to be the School's Big Band vocalist at the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival in Grahamstown.

He then matriculated at the prestigious Bridge House School in 2013. In 2014, he attended The Rainbow Academy where he flourished in his music. Bongo was awarded the Best Student of the Year Award in music and was the top student in his class.

In 2018 he obtained an advanced performance diploma in African Music at the University of Cape Town. Bongo has worked with Xhopra Queen, Mthwakazi Mthwakazi, Morena Leraba, James Bassingthwaighte, Dumama & Kechou, Blackroots Marimbas, Azanian Aesthetics, Cape Cultural Collective, Nesipho and Digital Sangoma. He has shared the stage with Zolani Mahola (Freshlyground singer) in a few occasions.

Impiliso (one of his well-known projects) has been received by a number of institutions, live music venues and intimate private functions around the country. It was part of the 2018 Band Stand in Artscape and the 2018 University of Johannesburg's Youth Arts Festival.

Performances: • Klip Kween Production at the University of Stellenbosch Woordfees 2019 • Salon Festival Cape Town 2019 • 40th Alma ATA Gala Dinner 2018 • Artscape Band Stand 2018 (Cape Town) • UJ Youth Arts Festival 2018 (University of Johannesburg ) • People’s Port Festival (Port Elizabeth) 2017 • Kamers Cape Town 2016 • Mozambique Traditional Festival 2016 • Design Cape Town 2015 & 2016


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Acoustic Nights with Odwa Bongo
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Azanian Aesthetics - Mfundisi
Odwa Bongo and Kimberley Van der Ventel @ Grahamstown Jazz Festival 2012
Zolani Bongo - Redemption songs (Cover)


Acoustic Nights with Odwa Bongo
Odwa Bongo ft Kechou Live in Cape Town
Odwa Bongo featured at Food Knowledge Systems
Moments with Odwa Bongo
Izihlwele - Odwa Bongo at the South African College of Music UCT
Ndiyabulela/ Ithamsanqa - Odwa Bongo at the South African College of Music UCT
Odwa Bongo live at Cafe Roux Cape Town - Nokunyamezela (Cover)
Izityalo - Odwa Bongo
Odwa Bongo - Wakrazulwa (Cover)
Odwa Bongo -Too many secrets (NEW SONG)
Odwa Bongo - Umalume (Cover)
Odwa Bongo ft Kechou & Aphiwe Memani - Nokunyamzela (cover)
Odwa Bongo & Kechou - Umalume (cover)
Zolani Bongo - Redemption songs (Cover)
Nokunyamezela - Cover by Odwa Bongo
Nomathemba - Odwa Bongo
Azanian Aesthetics - Nomathemba
Azanian Aesthetics - Mfundisi
Azanian Aesthetics live at Cape Cultural Collection
Odwa Bongo - Vukani (Simphiwedana cover)
Nomvula-Zolani Bongo
Zolani Bongo and Odwa Bongo live
Odwa Bongo - Ntyilo Ntyilo live @ Wizoo
Odwa Bongo- Inkomo part 2
Odwa Bongo- Inkomo part 1
Odwa Bongo and Kimberley Van der Ventel @ Grahamstown Jazz Festival 2012
Odwa Bongo- Mayine (by Simphiwe Dana)
Lakushon' iLanga 2nd version
Odwa Bongo _ Lelilanga Lelami
Odwa Bongo - Ndawoyami (cover)
Odwa Bongo- Summertime
Odwa Bongo - Lakushon' iLanga


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