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Bonj's ‘A Journal’ Signals Her Arrival as a Solo Artist

South African singer and songwriter Bonj's debut EP 'A Journal', which was five years in the making, captures the different phases of her career. "It is an audio diary of experiences, people I've met, things I've done and places I've been to," she says.

Bonj's recently released debut EP A Journal has been five years in the making. "It's exciting. I was very anxious to release the project, but now that it's been released, I feel at peace, so content. I'm very proud, I'm happy with the work, and encouraged by the response," the singer and songwriter says, reflecting on the week since its release.

Bonj completed her studies in jazz at the University of Cape Town in 2017. While studying, she was lead vocalist for Afro-electro band TheCITY. The Soweto-born songstress returned to Johannesburg to pursue a solo career in the same year. "The band was what I needed, we got to play at festivals [and] in the club scene in Cape Town," she says of her time as the band's lead vocalist.

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