Bongeziwe Mabandla

Bongeziwe Mabandla has created a matchless Afro-folk sound, over which his soulful voice delivers lyrics in both Xhosa and English. Influenced by artists like Tracy Chapman, Simphiwe Dana, Jabu Khanyile and Oliver Mtukudzi, his sound has a rhythmically grass-roots vibe, whilst fusing elements of traditional Xhosa music, Mbaqanga, soul, hip-hop and dub. Bongeziwe has performed some of the biggest festivals in South Africa including Cape Town World Music Festival, Oppikoppi and Rocking the Daisies, as well as Sakifo Festival in Reunion and the Azgo Festival in Mozambique. His debut album Umlilo received two nominations at the South African Music Awards in 2013 for Best Newcomer and Best Adult African album categories.