With mu­sic that seeps into ones veins like a magic po­tion, the melan­cholic South African folk mu­si­cian is tour­ing with his al­bum Man­gal­iso

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South African folk mu­si­cian Bongeziwe Ma­bandla

What are you lis­ten­ing to right now?

I mostly lis­ten to the new songs I’m work­ing on. I just did a song with David Scott and it’s a real jam. I lis­ten to it all the time. I can’t wait till it’s out. I have al­ways had ideas and wanted to ex­per­i­ment with dance mu­sic and I fi­nally got the chance with this song.

Which artist would you like to col­lab­o­rate with?

At the mo­ment it would have to be Pe­tite Noir, Zoe and Samthing Soweto. I really love what they are do­ing. I also love their vibe and how beau­ti­fully down-to-earth they are.

Favourite place you have per­formed in?

Favourite has to be at home in front of the mir­ror. I mean, the shows I have done there have been some of my best.

Favourite place you would like to per­form at?

I want to one day per­form at the Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Jazz Fes­ti­val and Glas­ton­bury Fes­ti­val.

If your next al­bum were to be a dif­fer­ent genre, what genre would it be?

Hip hop.

What other sounds, be­sides mu­sic, do you like to hear?

The ocean, ru­ral land­scapes, ba­bies’ laugh­ter.

How do you get around Jo­han­nes­burg?

I mainly use Uber. I don’t know how to drive yet but I think it’s time I did. Uber’s great but I think I would pre­fer to drive alone. In fact this has been on my mind. In­ter­view by Lidud­ma­lin­gani

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