Based: Cape Town
Bongiwe Mpanza known as BONJ is a quiet person at first glance. But the minute she steps on the stage, she becomes a force to be reckoned with. Her voice is husky and strong, yet rich, seductive and incredibly entrancing. Born and bred in Soweto, Bonj has been immersed in the music industry for over 10 years, and she’s only getting started.
She describes her sound as a blend of electronic music with soulful melodies and groove. She aspires to make music that moves, uplifts and makes people dance. Coming from a music-loving family, you can immediately hear her influences drawn from Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Soul, House & Kwaito.
Her raw, enchanting and power-house vocals are hard to miss at any live performance and like many iconic singers, she began singing in the church. After graduating from the National School of the Arts in 2007, Bonj began her singing career in earnest. She has performed alongside many great South African artists such Mafikizolo, Zakes Bantwini , Zonke, Lady Zamar and many more. She recently wrote a song called Ndaweni on Anatii’s highly acclaimed sophomore album Iyeza.
In 2009 she relocated to Cape Town and began studies in Jazz music at UCT.
After her studies, in 2017 Bonj moved back to Johannesburg to pursue her musical career. Shortly after multi-award winning Singer, Songwriter and Producer TRESOR signed her to his company Jacquel Entertainment Group, in partnership with Universal Music Group, after he was amazed by her live show.
Bonj will be releasing new music soon and her debut album later this year.