So, how does Word N Sound follow-up having the eclectic Bongeziwe Mabandla as a headlining act at their 3rd annual festival? The answer - collaborating once more with the two-time SAMA nominee; this time to be the headline performer at our new show - Rise of The Underdogs!
“Rise of the Underdogs” is the newest show to be produced by Word N Sound. Hosted at the SABC’s Studio V1A, it is a live music showcase featuring music by up-and-coming bands, and headlined by an established act.
It is a new and exciting platform for emerging and unsigned live music acts to showcase their works to new audiences and re-ignite a culture of live music appreciation in Johannesburg. The monthly events will be hosted at SABC studios which boast world class stage, lighting and sound facilities. As a competitive platform, and the bands who emerge victorious will return to perform at the "Clash of the Underdogs" hosted as part of the Word N Sound Festival at the end of the year. Showcasing their music to various audiences will also go a long way toward helping emerging talent to build a following, and even sell their products directly to potential markets.
So, who better to headline the launch than the ineffable talent that is Bongeziwe Mabandla? This versatile artist is a singer/songwriter/actor and instrumentalist. His musical journey has taken him from the rural plains of Tsolo in the Eastern Cape, to as far afield as London and Paris, where he was a 2nd place finalist for the Radio France Internationale Discoveries award. Locally, he has shared stages with and opened for acts that include Freshly Ground, and Tumi & the Volume.
His unplugged style is an eclectic afro-soul collage that draws from hip-hop, soul, Mbaqanga, and traditional Xhosa music. It has left audiences and artists so enamoured that it has been featured in TV series and movies.
The show will take place at the SABC Studio V1A, Henley road Auckland Park, on the 19th of April at 14:00, and tickets are sold at the door for R50. Do come and witness history being made.