Thursday, November 30, 2023

‘Bundulama’ billed for Jazz Xchange

Local artist, Dzimakanye Lekopanye, who goes by the AKA “Bundulama”, will be performing an intimate live set at Jazz Xchange this evening at Masa Square Hotel. 

The event is a monthly platform for emerging and established artists.

Performing on stage has always been a fascination to him, he says, which began in primary school when his teachers picked him to be in the school choirs or plays. Having studied Religion and Philosophy at the University Of Botswana. 

“I became conscious of what I sing about, and it is influenced by my background and the challenges that come with being an anglicised black person in Africa,” he says.

Since his first involvement in the music business, “Bundulama’s vocals and writing have appeared in close to 20 music albums or compilations including his first independent release Flying Home in which he was also the executive producer. His music is a blend of soothing genres, such as deep jazz and soul, and edges to contemporary indie with heavily poetic lyrics. He says he will be showcasing his Flying Home, with a hint of covers.

“Bundulama” is no stranger to the stage. He is most noted for writing and collaborating with Botswana’s hip hop lyricists like Nomadic, Orakle, Khwezi and Zeus to name a few. 

He has also given supporting performances at many open mic sessions for the poetry collective exodus live poetry, at an annual Woodstock charity festival, sharing the stage with award-winning reggae artist DT and various performances at Maitisong.

With a hugely experimental style, Bundu says he wants to give guests a memorable experience. 

“The sort of music I do is not conventional in this country, so I’m quite excited about performing as it has been some time since I graced the stage. People should look forward to a meditative and refreshing offering from me”

“It is sure to be a remarkable experience filled with abstract messages of real life circumstances,” he says.

His album is currently available at Mafia Soul. 


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