Young Afro-folk South African musician Bongeziwe Mabandla is set tour the country for two shows in Harare and Bulawayo next week.
Mabandla will perform at the Allaince Française in Harare on June 15 and at the World Music Day celebrations to be held at Horizon in Bulawayo on June 16.
Mabandla will be brought into the country by the Alliance Française in conjunction with the French Embassy.
“Annually, the Alliance Française de Bulawayo, among many other cultural organisations, celebrates this day through holding concerts and inviting artists from outside Zimbabwe to come to grace the City of Kings,” said Gilmore Moyo, Alliance Française de Bulawayo cultural manager.
Last year, Nancy Ginindza from Swaziland performed at the same venue alongside Soulfamilya. Moyo said Mabandla will perform with Afro-Culture Band that is based in Bulawayo.
“Mabandla is brought to Bulawayo as part of our arts and cultural activities that we hold on a regular basis in conjunction with the French Embassy,” he said.
Influenced by several talented artists Mabandla founded a group which plays Afro-folk music sung in English or Xhosa.
“He has always made the most of his life experiences and his own personal journey to write his music, which is a fusion between traditional Xhosa music and soul, hip-hop and dub styles,” said Moyo.