Still visual from the official music video.

Bongeziwe Mabandla in new official music video for single "Masiziyekelele".

Bongeziwe Mabandla Shares Visuals for 'Masiziyekelele'

South African vocalist, Bongeziwe Mabandla, has released crisp new visuals for his soulful single 'Masiziyekelele'.

South African singer and guitarist, Bongeziwe Mabandla, has shared fresh visuals for his single "Masiziyekelele". The new music video comes after he dropped his third critically acclaimed album iimini in the beginning of 2020. The "Masiziyekelele" music video offers soothing visuals fitting for this autumn season and creates a mood that celebrates a deep, sensuous and soulful love.

Read: Interview: Bongeziwe Mabandla's New Album Is a Calm Meditation On Relationships

The somber visuals for "Masiziyekelele" were shot in the Nirox Scupture Park in South Africa's famed Cradle of Humankind in the North West region of Gauteng. Mabandla stands still in a walkway surrounded by bare trees, his pants are the same tint of the tanned orange colour from the fallen leaves.

The "Masiziyekelele" music video fantastically exhibits Mabandla's artistic repertoire in his debut role as producer. He reportedly shared the experience in a public statement:

"This is the first time I have produced a visual for my music, and "Masiziyekelele'"is also one of my favourite songs from the album. At first, this was going to be a band performance, with everyone playing together, from different locations. But because of the lockdown, it was decided to keep it as an acoustic. I found it very interesting to be playing in part with equipment plugged in. It gives a really different feeling."

The outdoors are evidently Mabandla's play space for music videos. The melancholic singer also shot the 2020 "Khangela" music video in a similar setting and season. The stark difference between "Khangela" and "Masiziyekelele" music videos, which are both singles from iimini, is that in the "Khangela" music video there is motion whereas in the latest music video he remains completely still while singing. All the elements in the music video: Mabandla's stillness, his guitar strumming, the autumn sunlight, the isle of tall trees and his voice make for quite a watch.

Watch "Masiziyekelele" music video below.

Bongeziwe Mabandla - masiziyekelele (14.11.16)

Listen to iimini on Spotify.

Listen to iimini on Apple Music.

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Falz’s ‘Squander’ Remix Will Get You Dancing In No Time

The single features Niniola and South African amapiano acts Kamo Mphela, Mpura and SayFar.

Nigerian award-winning rapper, songwriter, and actor Falz makes his debut into the South African music scene with a remix of his hit single "Squander" featuring South Africa's Kamo Mphela, Mpura, and SayFar alongside the Nigerian Afro-House queen Niniola, who was on the original.

Produced by Young Willis and SayFar, the single has an infectious energy that will get you dancing in no time. We didn't expect anything less from breakout vocalist Mpura whose single "Umsebenzi Wethu" is currently topping multiple streaming charts. Amapiano singer and choreographer Kamo Mphela, known for her striking dance moves and collaborations with prominent artists like Busiswa & DJ Maphorisa, also continues to solidify her name in the industry with this feature.

Falz's ability to create music that reflects on the realities of many Nigerians has made him one of Nigeria's boldest voices. This is, however, one of the first times we see him pique interest in collaborating with South African artists. "I love South Africa, I love the culture and the food. I am really excited about this remix with Kamo Mphela, Mpura & SayFar because it's a great blend of South African & Nigerian music."

While he is not in the studio producing hits, Falz is a judge in the third season of The Voice Nigeria. The other judges include Nigerian singer and vocalist Waje, Afropop singer Yemi Alade, and the creative director of Livesport360, Dare Art Alade.

"Squander" remix is now available on all streaming platforms.

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