Bongeziwe Mabandla’s Third Album Makes American Songwriter’s List Of Top 20 Albums Of 2020

U.S. based music publication American Songwriter named Bongeziwe Mabandla’s album iimini, one of its top albums of 2020. Released in June of 2020, iimini, which translates to ‘days’, is a concept album about the demise of a relationship, sung in Xhosa. It was recorded over the course of 21 days in 2019, in Johannesburg and Maputo, alongside Mozambican musician, songwriter and producer Tiago Correia-Paulo. iimini is rooted in South African traditions as well as American soul. Upon its release, Bongeziwe said “I’ve always loved listening to lyrics. South Africans love storytelling in a song and I am led by a desire to be part of that tradition when writing.”

Read American Songwriter’s full feature here. Listen to iimini below.