Right at the beginning of February, Johannesburg audiences were gifted with a gorgeously electrifying evening at Good Luck Bar on Fox Street.
The night wove together three of South Africa’s most exciting young artists: ‘future soul electronica’ sister-duo Kajama, pixie-like multi-instrumentalist export, Alice Phoebe Lou, and two-time South African Music Award nominee Bongeziwe Mabandla. For anyone who missed out on all the fun in Jozi, the folk-pop crooner returns for not one, but two shows at Café Roux in Cape Town on the 14th and the 16th of February.
With influences ranging from Jabu Khanyile and Busi Mhlongo to Tracy Chapman and Lauryn Hill, Mabandla’s distinctive sound effortlessly blends traditional South African genres like maskandi with more transnational genres such as the blues, rock and dub. His 2012 debut offering Umlilo had critics praising his talent for heartfelt and melancholy storytelling, and the album’s success took him from his hometown of kuTsolo in the Eastern Cape to international stages in Spain, Germany and Japan.
Now, in anticipation of his upcoming second album, Mangaliso (due for release on Universal in May 2017), Bongeziwe will be playing a mix of older and newer songs with his new band, featuring heavyweights such as Mike Wright from Zebra and Giraffe and Tiago Correia-Paolo from 340ml and Tumi and the Volume.
Tickets for the shows are R120 each, with dinner at 18:30/19:00 and music at 20:30. More details here.
Check out the behind the scenes of the making of his previous EP, Umlilo: