Bholoja (Mbongiseni Ngubane) is a very gifted, humble and celebrated young musician from Africa’s southern kingdom, Swaziland. His striking multi-colored voice and his native lyrical songs has won respect and expanded his following across national borders. Bholoja is Swaziland’s rising symbol of song, art and culture. His greatest inspiration is Swazi tradition and way of life, he says. Bholoja’s music seeks to ensure that an essential part of Swazi cultural heritage does not fall victim to historical neglect. His music responds to the global changing situation and African growth challenges. Bholoja is a mouthpiece of the poor, orphaned, AIDS victims and underprivileged, with a message of hope.
About the Music:
Bholoja’s brand of music called Swazi Soul is fast gaining popularity in Swaziland and in Southern Africa. It is very difficult to classify Bholoja’s music; it sits well in many genres – African Pop, Traditional African, Swazi Soul. One thing for sure, his music fits as a social narrative, speaking to the very conscience of the listener. Yet apart from the individuality of his music, Bholoja’s enduring popularity is largely a result of his powers as a lyricist. Most of his songs focus on the social and economic issues that govern people’s daily lives and, with an infectious sense of humor and optimism that prevails through all his music, his appeal extend to young and old alike.
Bholoja’s growing international appeal has seen him sharing the stage with great names in music, the likes of Lokua Kanza, Tony Cox, Steve Newman, Kalid Kuen, Vincent Bucher, Tao Ravao, Oliver Mtukudzi, Freshly Ground, Tshepo Tsola, Hugh Masekela, Kunle Ayo, Simphiwe Dana and many more. He has performed at numerous venues since his 2004 debut at House on Fire, to high acclaim in the country.