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.


Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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