Weheartbeat in partnership with Concerts SA is excited to present Bonj Mphanza live at Lahliwes on Sunday the 2nd September 2018.
The aim of this initiative is to develop new audiences and appreciation for live music in areas located outside central Johannesburg as well as showcase young fresh South African talent on new platforms throughout Gauteng. The Sowetan born songstress will feature a 4 piece band that includes synth, keys and bass and will be set up outside Lahliwe’s in a special setting that plans to welcome in a new season. Supported by the Merafong Jazz Association this event hopes to bring together the community in a day of music and celebration.
Bonj is a quiet person at first glance. But the minute she steps on the stage, she becomes a force to be reckoned with. Her voice is husky and strong, yet rich, seductive and incredibly entrancing. Born and bred in Soweto, Bonj has been immersed in the music industry for over 10 years, and she’s only getting started. She describes her sound as a blend of electronic music with soulful melodies and groove. She aspires to make music that moves, uplifts and makes people dance. Coming from a music-loving family, you can immediately hear her influences drawn from Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Soul, House & Kwaito.
Her raw, enchanting and powerhouse vocals are hard to miss at any live performance and like many iconic singers, she began singing in the church. After graduating from the National School of the Arts in 2007, Bonj began her singing career in earnest – from performing on Afro Café with Sharon Dee & Blondie Makgene to doing backing vocals for Mafikizolo singer, Nhlanhla Nciza. In 2009 she relocated to Cape Town and began studies in Jazz music at UCT.
In 2017 Bonj moved back to Johannesburg to pursue her musical career. After seeing her perform live at a show, the multi-award winning singer, songwriter and producer, TRESOR signed Bonj under his company, the Jacquel Entertainment Group in partnership with Universal Music Group. They’ll be releasing new music in 2018.
When: Sunday 2nd September 2018
Time: 15h00 ‘til late
Where: Lahliwes Address: 2302 Tsholofelo Street, Ext 4, Khutsong, Carletonville.
Free event and open to the public.
Established in 2012, Weheartbeat is an integrated multimedia music agency consisting of a concept record store, live events, workshops, listening sessions, monthly podcast releases, webisode features, music compilations, clothing and exhibitions. They play home to a niche collective of creative music makers and followers worldwide
Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian live music development project housed within the SAMRO Foundation. Concerts SA receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SAMRO, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway. Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, and providing support to the sector through research and skills development for music professionals, the project aims to build a vibrant and viable live music circuit in southern Africa. It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.