Bongeziwe Mabandla Essentials

Bongeziwe Mabandla Essentials

Afro-folk is the foundation of Bongeziwe Mabandla’s sound. But the South African uses every tool at his disposal to subvert the typical man-and-a-guitar cliché, blending the musical traditions of the Eastern Cape and beyond with cosmopolitan style. His songs run the gamut from crackling electro beats and sophisticated modern soul to pared-down acoustic arrangements indebted to influences like Tracy Chapman. Even when it’s just Mabandla’s ethereal voice, naked and honest, there’s an undiluted expression of yearning in his native Xhosa tongue.

Featured Artist

Select a country or region

Africa, Middle East, and India

Asia Pacific


Latin America and the Caribbean

The United States and Canada