Bongeziwe Mabandla at Sowing The Seeds 2015 (Photography: Tseliso Monaheng)

Spend any amount of time with Bongeziwe Mabandla, and you soon figure out that he can’t sit still. The Eastern Cape-born musician, who first delighted Mzansi in 2012 with his debut project Umlilo, is excited about his forthcoming and as yet untitled third album.

He paces about the room as he plays selections from it, unleashing commentary about what the songs mean, and what his and the project producer Tiago Paulo’s favourite tracks are.

This interview, by Tseliso Monaheng, was published on the Xeno Zine platform in New York in September 2019.