We have exciting news from you, Wandile Mbambeni will be joining the ARMC line-up & we could not be happier about! Read more about him, below…and get ready to watch him live!
Wandile Mbambeni is a singer-songwriter hailing from Johannesburg, South Africa, known for his unique blend of Soul, African folk, folk-country, and Indie. With a powerful, unique voice and a passion for storytelling, he has become a rising star in the local and international music scene.
Over the past few years, Wandile Mbambeni has played at some of the continent’s most prestigious venues and events, including Rocking The Daisies and Lake of Stars in Malawi. He joined 6x Grammy-nominated artist Tamia on her national tour of South Africa, playing venues such as The Sun Arena (PTA) and Greenpoint Stadium (CPT). In 2016, his ‘Lovers Like You’ single, taken from his Maturation EP, was ranked as one of the Top 20 Songs in South Africa on the renowned music blog Texx in the City. In 2017, he signed his first record deal with South Africa’s oldest label, Gallo Record Company. In 2018, he released his debut album, Kwakumnandi, which earned critical acclaim and radio airplay across the region, including a number-one single,
‘Wanted and Loved’ featuring Shekhinah on Jacaranda FM. His live performance of the album’s Track 11, ‘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 2023, he was one of the artists featured on the AppleTV+ docuseries ‘My Kind of Country’ based in Nashville, USA.
Drawing inspiration from artists like Oliver Mtukudzi, John Mayer, Hugh Masekela, and Brenda Fassie, Wandile Mbambeni explores themes of love, loss, nostalgia, and self-discovery in his music. His soulful lyrics and captivating melodies have resonated with audiences of all ages. When he’s not writing or performing music, Wandile Mbambeni can be found in the gym, on a rugby field, or roaming the streets with his longboard or 35mm film camera. He is passionate about health, fitness, and personal development, and is always encouraging others to pursue the best versions of themselves. With his unique sound and heartfelt lyrics, the self-taught guitarist, producer, and sound engineer Wandile Mbambeni is poised to make a big impact on the music world in the years to come.
What people from ARMC local & abroad can expect
You can expect an authentic experience of my music, and my stories coming to life. The stage is the best place for me to share the music I make, I’m excited to share this intimate experience with people who love music just as I do. Expect difference, expect authenticity, expect a breath of fresh air.