Help us congratulate OneBeat 2014 Alumni Bongziwe Madbandla for being recognized by Okay Africa for the best African songs out right now. Bongeziwe Mabandla is a vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter from South Africa. While studying drama and visual arts in school, he was encouraged by a teacher to pursue music. Bongeziwe croons velvety Xhosa in a style he calls “urban traditional African folk music,” citing Tracy Chapman, Lauryn Hill, South African vocalist Simphiwe Dana, and Zimbabwean guitarist Oliver Mtukudzi as his greatest influences. Read the full Okay Africa article below.