Wandile Mbambeni Review
Well-known for his story-telling singing and songwriting-style, Wandile Mbambeni is a talented singer who released a new EP, called Maturation, earlier this year. He started writing Maturation in December 2015 and it was recorded over the course of a year at home studios, the SAE Institute Cape Town and Cosher Recording Studios.
I spoke to Wandile, who signed with Gallo Record Company a while ago, about the new EP, his influences, and his next live performance.
Congratulations on releasing your new EP, Maturation; Tell us about it – What’s it about and what was the process of putting it all together like?
Thank You. Maturation is basically the moments I decided to capture and portray as highlights of me maturing as a person, as an artist, singer/songwriter, producer, performer. It was an organic process of song-writing.
Who worked with you on the EP?
WM : Co-Production (Mix & Master) by Lwazi Mpoko and Tich Kangai.
Violin : Nadiah Mony
Keys : Nkosinathi Matomela
Bass : Curtly Masemola
Drums : Tefo Mahola
Trombone : Christian Chandler
Backing Vocals : Fanele Mkhwanazi & Siphumelele Mthombeni
Awesome! So, which track is your personal favourite?
It changes from time to time, today it’s ‘Won’t Be A While’.
So, can we expect a music video soon? Maybe for one of your singles?
Yes. Yes. I’m excited for this.
Who are your influences, local and international?
Locally Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Brenda Fassie, Jimmy Dludlu, Hugh Masekela, Samthing Soweto. Internationally J Dilla, Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, James Morrison, Oliver Mtukudzi.
Any other local band you really enjoy and would love to share a stage with?
Tell us about your live performances, what can we expect when going to a show?
Our live performances are more an expression of one’s truest self musically. One can expect an energy of LOVE.
Where can we catch your next live performance?
The 6th of July 2017, Live At ThePlat4orm (JHB).
And, are you planning a tour soon?
Yes, in and out of the country.
Where can we follow you online:
Twitter : @WandileMusic
Awesome! Thanks and all the best with the rest of 2017!
Images by Marlon Du Plooy.