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Bongeziwe Mabandla x Zahara x Joss Stone On BalconyTV In Johannesburg

Bongeziwe Mabandla was joined by Zahara and Joss Stone on BalconyTV in Johannesburg.


Photo via Mo Styles

It's been some time since we've shed light on Eastern Cape-raised acoustic guitar hero Bongeziwe Mabandla. The high-pitched "afro folk tronik" darling, whose toyed with our heartstrings plenty in the past, is back on our radar with a somewhat spontaneous jam session for the books. The folks at BalconyTV in Johannesburg recently cooked up a soul-powered crooning orchestra made up of Mabandla along with South African pop royalty Zahara and Joss Stone. In the first video to come from the three part series, the trio take on "Isizathu" (meaning "the reason"), an original composition which Mabandla attests to "looking for meaning in one's own life." The end result is nothing short of mind blowing. Watch Bongeziwe Mabandla joined by Zahara and Joss Stone making sweet live music from a rooftop in JHB below.

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Eli Fola Offers a 'Soundscape to Freedom' With New Performance Visuals

The multidisciplinary artist's latest release "Blackness Be Divine" gives listeners a glimpse into what the musician has to offer.

Nigerian born-Brooklyn based artist Eli Fola is back in our hearts and on our screens, with the latest music video release for his single "Blackness Be Divine" off of his EP, Soundscape to Freedom.

The DJ, saxophonist and producer's release comes from his own production and events label Tech Afrique.

The EP's opening track, "Blackness Be Divine" is, "like a letter of empowerment to all Black people across the diaspora to embrace their brilliance and to know that they are royalty living in this world," he says. "The project was inspired by events that took place this year during the middle of the pandemic with the rise of the black lives matter movement and protest across the country."

Although the EP is only six tracks long, it certainly packs a punch with its hypnotic rhythms, nostalgic house beats and graceful lyrics heard throughout the project. It truly is a unique musical adventure.

Eli Fola's self-proclaimed "Yoruba tech soul" elements are loud and clear in this brilliantly eclectic piece of music.

Watch Eli Fola's performance visuals for "Blackness Be Divine" below.

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