Bongeziwe Mabandla

Bio

Over the space of eight years, Bongeziwe Mabandla has steadily built a career that now sees him take his place as the enigmatic spirit of African Soul.

Evidence of this is the past year which has seen the Johannesburg-based artist expand his global audience with a brace of performances across Europe and Africa, alongside finishing an album that is set to cement his standing as an artist of the most singular gifts.

iimini (“days”) was heralded last year by two singles “Zange” and “Jikeleza” and is due for release through London-based Platoon (Princess Nokia, Victoria Monet, Maleek Berry, Samthing Soweto, Sun-El Musician) on 28 March 2020. The album will join 2012’s Umlilo and 2017’s Mangaliso in capturing the recorded output of an artist who has been described as a “modern miracle” by Radio France Internationale (RFI) and recently profiled in prestigious UK music magazine, Songlines.

Indeed, Mabandla first came to the attention of audiences outside South Africa when he was named one of 10 finalists in the 2011 Radio France Internationale Discoveries Awards. That was on the cusp of the release of Umlilo (“fire”) when Mabandla was refining his performing skills and songwriting – the latter then a gorgeous, understated mix of Xhosa lyrics with traditional music and folk stylings.

Mabandla’s early musical influences had come from his childhood in the rural town of Tsolo in the Eastern Cape where he grew up singing in church, at school and at home. A move to Johannesburg to study drama at AFDA saw him continue exploring expressions of musical storytelling through a range of artists including Tracy Chapman, The Fugees, Jabu Khanyile, Bongo Maffin and Busi Mhlongo.

On its release in 2017, Mangaliso, (meaning “marvel” or “miracle”) signalled Mabandla’s extraordinary musical reach. A significant amount of the album’s success came from his collaboration with producer, Tiago Correia-Paulo, a Mozambican living in Johannesburg who had established himself as a masterful musician, songwriter and producer through his work with Tumi and the Volume and 340ml.

Mabandla and and Correia-Paulo’s working relationship has evolved into a true creative collaboration – one that simultaneously roots itself in the deep and fertile soil of Mabandla’s folk instincts and Correia-Paulo’s intuitive feel for a broad range of music, including electronica. With this combination, it was no surprise when Mangaliso earned unstinting critical praise and won Mabandla the 2018 South African Music Award for Best Alternative Music Album. Among the tracks that resonated with devotees was single “Ndokhulandela”, which is Mabandla’s most streamed songs on Spotify (well over three million streams) as well as “Bawo Wam” a collaboration with Spoek Mathambo that has won two awards - Best Music Video at the Capital City Black Film Awards and at the Jozi Film Fest.

Live, Mabandla is mesmerising – whether solo or with his band - and is every bit the enigmatic spirit of African soul. The latter part of 2019 saw him play Reeperbahn Festival (Germany), Lake of Stars (Malawi), five dates at Afrovibes...

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zange (A Million Things Remix)
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zange (A Million Things Remix)
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Isizathu (DJ Fortee Urban Vocal Mix)
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Mangaliso
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Ndanele (Dwson Dub Remix)
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Bongeziwe Mabandla - isiphelo (live)

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ndiyakuthanda (12.4.19) (DJ Lag Remix)
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Ndanele (Dwson Dub Remix)
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Ndanele (Dwson Downtempo Remix)
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Salanabani (Remix)
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Superhero
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Soloko (Bongeziwe Mabandla X David Scott)
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Jikeleza (Fka Mash Remix) (Remix)
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Jikeleza (Okayshades Remix) (Remix)
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zange (A Million Things Remix)
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ndiyakuthanda (12.4.19) (DJ Lag Remix)
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Hamba Nami, Pt. 2
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Ndibonisiwe
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Isizathu
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isiphelo (#untitled)
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bambelela kum (4.6.18)
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ukwahlukana (#027)
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jikeleza
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khangela
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(9.2.17)
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zange
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ndanele
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salanabani (13.8.18)
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masiziyekelele (14.11.16)
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mini esadibana ngayo (#001)
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zange
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Bawo Wam
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Wena
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Khaya
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Zunganikezeli
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Mangaliso
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Philakanzima
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Ndofelapha
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Ndibuyile
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Ndokulandela
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Yini
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Intro
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Mangaliso
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Isizathu (DJ Fortee Urban Vocal Mix)
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Videos

Bongeziwe Mabandla - isiphelo (live)
Bongeziwe Mabandla - masiziyekelele (14.11.16)
Bongeziwe Mabandla - Jikeleza
Bongeziwe Mabandla - bambelela kum (4.6.18)
Bongeziwe Mabandla - Khangela
Bongeziwe Mabandla at WOMEX

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