Bongeziwe Mabandla Takes Listeners On A Journey Of Love On Third Album 'iimini'

Nothing like good music to keep a person going

By  | Jun 22, 2020, 01:49 PM  | Bongeziwe Mabandla 

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SAMA award-winning artist, Bongeziwe Mabandla has released his third album, which is a collection of songs that trace the unfolding of love with pure sonic beauty, from the day of the first meeting to the heartbreaking end.

Titled iimini, Mabandla’s offering presents a cycle of 12 songs, with a beginning, middle, and end, and is intended to be listened to as a whole.

It’s the latest from the artist whose singular repertoire has gained him the title of “the enigmatic spirit of African soul”.

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"iimini starts off with meeting someone and how feelings evolve to love, and then the pain and heartache of being with someone,” says Mabandla of the album’s underpinning theme.

“The last songs are about the end of [the] relationship and the cutting of ties, and basically the separation of people who used to be incomplete without each other.”

Mabandla explains that his attachment to one-theme albums (the notion of marveling and miracles drove Mangaliso) springs from a desire to make visible what is important in his own life.

“But the difficulty of making an album about one thing is that you have to find the multiple stories within that single subject,” he confides.

In searching for these narratives, Mabandla drew inspiration from his roots - growing up in Tsolo, a rural part of South Africa’s Eastern Cape, and then moving to study acting in Johannesburg.

“I’ve always loved listening to lyrics. South Africans love storytelling in a song and I am led by a desire to be part of that tradition when writing.”

Fans are loving unpacking the artist's album with some calling it "a masterpiece" as they determine their favourite track on the album.

Bongeziwe's storytelling has audiences connecting deeply with the concept of love as the music takes them on journies they have never been on.

“I started off as a folk artist, but my music is evolving and changing and iimini captures where I am right now just perfectly,” Mabandla concludes.

iimini is released by Platoon, seeing Mabandla join the likes of Princess Nokia, Victoria Monet, Maleek Berry, Mr.Eazi, Santi, Odunsi the Engine, Kwesi Arthur, Samthing Soweto, Ami Faku, Sun-El Musician, Sino Solo, Msaki and The Word of Birds in releasing through the defiantly artist-centric music company.

Platoon is a London-based artist services company that is playing a role in helping African and South African artists showcase their creativity to the world.

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