Over the last 8 years, Bongeziwe Mabandla has steadily built a career that now sees him taking his place as the enigmatic spirit of African Soul. Mabandla’s early musical influences had come from his childhood in the rural town of Tsolo in the Eastern Cape of South Africa where he grew up singing in church, at school, and at home. A move to Johannesburg to study drama saw him continue exploring expressions of musical storytelling. Bongeziwe has released three albums, with his sophomore record, “Mangaliso,” earning critical praise and winning the 2018 South African Music Award for Best Alternative Music Album.
photo by Justice Mukheli