Just over a month ago I posted about one of Cape Town's most exciting performances of the year - that of Petite Noir and Bongeziwe Mabandla, who had recently just released his second album, Mangaliso (meaning Miracle in his home language of isiXhosa).
He has since been touring with his new band and enjoying the new energy that comes with a revitalized live set-up. The first track off the album to be given a visual element is ear-worm "Ndokulandela." Meaning "I Will Follow You," the video follows the journey of a character along the False Bay coastline closest to Macassar, a suburb on the outskirts of Cape Town.
The styling by Unathi Mkonto of Boys of South Africa as well as the character's interactions with the objects they find, give off the sense that they are from another time and place - possibly a more peaceful Afro-futurist setting. The director, Ian Henderson of THINKFILM, juxtaposes these visuals with that of Bongeziwe singing in black and white with feathers surrounding him, seemingly suspended in mid-air. As the music drops into a more electronic/futuristic outro, the visuals follow suit with more energy, futuristic elements and our mystery character meeting Bongeziwe on the beach with a group of similar characters. They walk off into the water - symbolizing a return to wherever it is in time and space that they came from.
With such soul and spirituality in his music, it's wonderful to see both being translated so intrinsically through the visuals employed in the video. Keep an eye out for a potential next video and more beauty from Bongeziwe Mabandla.