Wandile Mbambeni is a singer/songwriter/producer working and living in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Wandile Mbambeni is a 26 year old South African artist making waves through the soul market internationally. Be it experimental, folk, or Afro soul, the young artist is successfully grounding his feet in an ever-changing industry. Hailing from the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.
Wandile Mbambeni released his first project, titled Home Grown, in 2014. The seven- track EP led the budding artist on a 35-day tour of Germany, featuring sold out shows throughout the country. 2015 brought Mbambeni’s Good Intentions, featuring 10 original tracks on this first full-length acoustic project. Wandile’s song, ‘Lovers Like You,’ off of his Maturation EP, was ranked as one of the Top 20 Songs in South Africa in 2016 on renowned music blog, Texx in the City. Later that year, Mbambeni ranked as one of the Top 20 performers at the Rocking the Daisies festival, which featured over 270 acts, such as Mac Miller, AKA, Hugh Masekela, Foster the People and more.
In 2017 Wandile Mbambeni signed his first record deal with Gallo Record Company, South Africa’s oldest record label. In anticipation of his debut album, Wandile opened for international artist, Lira. Lira, who performed at President Barack Obama’s inauguration and is a judge on The Voice South Africa, requested Mbambeni be the opening act on her Be About It tour in 2018. Later that year, Wandile released his debut album, Kwakumnandi. This long anticipated 13 track album featured the likes of LasNumber, Bongeziwe Mabandla and Shekinah.
A live performance of the album’s number 11 track, ‘Tell Me,’ was named Balcony TV Worldwide’s “Video of the Day,” as well as Balcony TV New York’s “Pick of the Week.” In early 2019, Wandile had the opportunity to open for the six time Grammy Nominee, Tamia, on her South Africa tour. Fresh off of his national tour with Tamia, Mbambeni celebrated the success of Kwakumnandi’s ‘Wanted and Loved’ as a number one record, which featured the award winning artist Shekinah.
“Kwakumnandi back then, I wish i could go back there…”
- Wandile Mbambeni