A somnambulant encounter by Fiel dos Santos
Bongeziwe Mabandla at CCFM
Bongeziwe Mabandla returns to Maputo to perform his new album titled Mangaliso (meaning “marvel” or “miracle”).
Mangaliso was produced by Mozambican Tiago Correia-Paulo (Tumi and the Volume, 340ml). Over the past five years, Bongeziwe Mabandla has taken his music to various venues around the world, playing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, the Zakifo Festival, the Oppikoppi and Rocking the Daisies in South Africa, the Bushfire Festival in Swaziland, the Azgo Festival in Mozambique, the Sakifo Festival on Reunion Island, the Sydney Festival & Woodford Folk Festival in Australia, the Festival d'lle de France, the Primavera Sound Festival in Spain, the Sukiyaki Meets the World Festival in Japan, the Nuits d 'Afrique, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Mission Folk Festival, Canmore Folk Festival, just to name a few.
Bongeziwe Mabandla has created a matchless Afro-folk sound, over which his soulful voice delivers 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, while fusing elements of traditional Xhosa music, Mbaqanga, Soul, Hip-hop and Dub.
Mangaliso, was released in mid 2017 and is a worldclass record that confirms he’s among the most purposeful and gifted artists working in South Africa today. Among the highlights are first single, “Ndokulandela”, a hypnotic song that showcases Mabandla’s meditative, yet powerful, voice.
Date and Time: Friday, February 16 2018 at 20h30
Address: Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano (CCFM), Av. Samora Machel no. 468, Maputo