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Bongeziwe Mabandla and Blick Bassy collaborate for intimate evening at The People’s Theatre

Award-winning artists, Bongeziwe Mabandla from South Africa, and Blick Bassy from Cameroon, are joining creative minds to bring music fans a new perspective on their latest work. 

Together with Tiago Correia-Paulo and Arno de Casanove, their musical collaborators, they are developing an hour performance of songs from their respective albums iimini and 1958 – creating a new narrative for an intimate and very special evening of storytelling. The show takes place at The People’s Theatre in Johannesburg on September 23rd. 

Born in 1974 in Cameroon, singer and songwriter Blick Bassy first performed as part of the band Macase. He relocated to France in the first decade of the 21st century, and released his solo debut, Léman, in 2009 with Hongo Calling appearing two years later. Both albums captured his unique mix of jazz, blues, and traditional African music which provide the musical bedrock for lyrics written and sung in the language Bassa. In 2020 Blick released the album 1958, a politically pointed work dedicated to Ruben Um Nyobé, a politician who fought for Cameroon’s independence before being killed in the year that gave the album its title.

Limited tickets are available for this performance which is a collaboration between Black Major and No Format, supported by the French Institute.