Wandile Mbambeni

Based: Johannesburg

Wandile is currently based in Johannesburg The up and coming singer/ songwriter/producer who is blowing the minds of people each and every time he gets on stage. He released his latest offering, MATURATION EP in April 2017. The EP comes after the release of his previous offerings, ‘HomeGrown EP’ and his acoustic album, ‘Good Intentions’.
Wandile graces the stage alone or with his band whilst his story-telling of the songs he writes creates a deep listening atmosphere. With a unique stage presence, Wandile has the ability to make you feel like something special is happening through his music. He has already shared a stage with the likes of Matthew Mole, Michael Lowman, Howie Combrink, Shortstraw, Prime Circle, Tailor, Majozi, Red Tape Riot, Veranda Panda, Watershed, Al Bairre, Karen Zoid and Francois Van Coke just to name a few.
He released his first EP ‘HomeGrown’ independently and then got booked in Germany for a tour of 35 days for the EP. Wandile took Germany by storm, playing a number of sold out shows.
”The Germans appreciated my music more than I did, which made me appreciate my music more than anyone else.” – Wandile.

Wandile then released his debut album ‘Good Intentions’, which has made many people believe in his music. Good Intentions soon went on to be play listed on a number of smaller radio stations.
In 2015, WANDILE performed together with Al Bairre for the Volkswagen Kombi Launch in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.
‘Lovers Like You’ was the first single released from WANDILE’s MATURATION EP. It was critically acclaimed and play listed on stations across South Africa including KayaFM, UJFM, The Eye, IFM, PukFM, UNISAFM, East Coast Radio, BayFM, MFM and African CrestFM. It was voted one the Top 20 songs of 2017 by Texxandthecity and WANDILE’s full band set at Rocking The Daisies 2016, was also voted in the Top 20 sets of the festival for the year.
WANDILE started writing MATURATION EP in December 2015, and it is co-produced Tich Kangai and Lwazi Mpoko, of which the latter also recorded, mixed and mastered the EP. It was recorded over the course of the 2016 at home studios, the SAE Institute Cape Town and Cosher Recording Studios.
“For this EP, my hunger for growth and maturity in my sound were my two main inspirations. I really wanted to mix the classical music and jazz genres together to blend it into a meaningful, timeless sound for the music on the EP.”
For MATURATION, he kept a lot of his renowned raw sound, complimented by meaningful musical melodies at all times. He first wrote the music for the EP on software, then wrote the lyrics and afterwards recorded it with a full band to replace the virtual sounds with an organic, authentic sound.
“Maturation is the art of maturity. It also means expansion and growth, just like my name in isiXhosa, ‘Wandile’.” Wandile is a big dreamer and aims to take his music straight to the top and has no aim to look back. As a singer/songwriter,
he understands vision, precision, execution and being authentic.
WANDILE MBAMBENI / RUDE WORLD RECORDS recently signed with renowned South African label, Gallo Record
Company and is delighted to now form part of their roster of representation.
The second single from the EP, ‘Won’t Be A While’ was released to radio nationwide in May 2016.

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