Local rising star, Wandile Mbambeni has teamed up with Shekhinah on his latest single ‘Wanted & Loved’, which is released today and taken from his debut album ‘Kwakumnandi’.
Fresh off his national support tour with international Soul Singer TAMIA, Wandile celebrates a great start to 2019 with the release of his duet with Shekhinah on ‘Wanted & Loved’, which also has the “Le Prezident” remix of the single released today.
‘Wanted & Loved’ sees two of SA’s top soulful voices collaborate on a single that celebrates both their talents in one incredible track.
Wandile absolutely adored working with Shekhinah, saying “It was an amazing experience working with Shekhinah, I’ll cherish that moment forever. I would do it again and again, it was effortless, it was beautiful.”
The theme for ‘Wanted & Loved’ was inspired by the need for individuals to know whether they are wanted and loved by others. Whether they are someone’s dream and need. The relevance of the song is that curiosity.
“I’m very excited about this duet, this collaboration and the remix. I would like to thank everyone for the support they have shown for the song, I’m very excited for this next journey with my supporters. Let’s Go! Kwakumnandi to the world,” exclaims an ecstatic Wandile.
Asking Wandile what the inspiration is behind the title ‘Kwakumnandi’, he explains, “I was sitting in my studio apartment and homesickness struck, I was missing being under one roof with the whole family. We went through a divorce and it was never the same, but instead of reflecting on the bad past, I chose to reflect on the times that was absolutely nice and lovely to me. ‘Kwakumnandi’ in isiXhosa is translated ‘it was nice/it was a lovely time’ used when referring to past happy times. I sing in the chorus ‘Kwakumnandi back then…’”
‘Kwakumnandi’ is an impressive debut album release from Wandile, and with so many tracks on it to be proud of, which is Wandile’s favourite song’? “My favourite songs in the album change every time, today it’s ‘Kwakumnandi’! In this album I got to work with people who are extremely talented, and the bonus is they believed in me. Congratulations to Shekhinah and Bongeziwe Mabandla for the SAMA Awards, they both contributed (collaborations) to my album and I’m ever so grateful. I also worked with LasNumber on a song we wrote in 2015, I’m so excited about this record.”
‘Kwakumnandi’ was recorded at Jazzworx studio, produced & engineered by Greg Nottingham, and had Robin Kohl add his world class touch to the mixing and mastering of the album.
As a final thought to let fans know why this record is so special, Wandile concludes “This album is about Nostalgia, reflecting on the good times. No matter what we can always say ‘Kwakumnandi’, everyone can say ‘Kwakumnandi’ and reflect :). We are not saying we do not love the present we are living in right now, we enjoy the present so we can reflect and say ‘Kwakumnandi’.”
Wandile Mbambeni’s debut album ‘Kwakumnandi’ is out now across all digital platforms – get yours here…