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Afro-Folk Luminary Bongeziwe Mabandla Unveils 2016 Summer Tour Dates

14 December 2015 | 12:28 pm | Staff Writer

The esteemed musician has lined up a couple of festival slots and a headline show in Melbourne early next year

From Ibo Island in Mozambique, acclaimed Afro-folk artist Bongeziwe Mabandla has announced plans for a run of Australian performances early next year, comprising appearances at both the Woodford Folk and Sydney festivals as well as a headline show in Melbourne this January.

The soulful offerings of Mabandla hold a distinct grassroots rhythm coupled with his delivery in both tongues of native Xhosa and English, with a strong vibe connecting his traditional Xhosa sounds with Mbaqanga, soul and hip hop elements. He has been likened to artists such as Tracy Chapman, Simphiwe Dana, Jabu Khanyile and Oliver Mtukudzi.

Mabandla will open his Australian visit at Woodfolk Folk Festival (30-31 December), heading on to Sydney Festival on 8 January before headlining at Melbourne’s The Toff on 10 January.

Though not a widely known concern, Mabandla has nonetheless enjoyed considerable success in his career, arguably gaining the most note from recent track Gunuza, the video for which you can crank out below.

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