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Bongeziwe Mabandla

An eclectic blend of African folk music!

Sunday June 24, 20.30, Labyrinth

Bongeziwe Mabandla

When Bongeziwe Mabandla surfaced with his debut album Umlilo in 2012, he was hailed as the new face of Afro-Folk. In the six years that followed Umlilo’s release (Umilo means fire in Xhosa), Mabandla rose to be one of Africa's most talented musicians. By merging traditional music and folk sounds with English and Xhosa lyrics (Xhosa is one of the 11 official South African languages) Mabandla produces a unique and captivating style of music.

His live performances (tours in Australia, Asia and Canada, and appearances at several international and national festivals) have earned him numerous excellent reviews.

Also, Mabandla has earned two South African Music Awards nominations in 2013, for Best Newcomer and Best Adult African album.

His second album, Mangaliso, clearly illustrates Mabandla's artistic development. Since its release in May of 2017, Mangaliso has been named one of the most important African releases of the year.

Priority passes to be given 1 hour before (19.30), at the Labyrinth Info Kiosk.
Up to 2 passes to be given to each participant.