Eastern Cape-born musician Wandile Mbambeni has had his fair share of struggles while pursuing his passion, but all the hard work has paid off.
Having worked with likes of Shekinah and performed at some of the biggest music festivals in South Africa, including Rocking the Daisies and the Richmond Hill Music Festival, Mbambeni has made a name for himself.
He joined Azania in studio for this week's #702Unplugged to perform music from his debut album released in 2018 Kwakumnandi and to share some of what has influenced his sound.
It was more of a confusion when I was starting the music because I was like can you just sing folk or English, cause when you sing English you sound like you are running away from isiXhosa... but trying to match the worlds and influences from your D'Angelo's to Brenda [Fassie], from Oliver Mtukudzi to Ed Sheeran, just putting that together is always what I have wanted to do.— Wandile Mbambeni, Soul musician
I want to speak that it is fine to do that. One thing I learnt is to expand...— Wandile Mbambeni, Soul musician