Bongeziwe Mabandla’s Bawo Wam is a tender ode to quiet strength

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Tender, not weak. Present, not confrontational. Bongeziwe Mabandla’s Spoek Mathambo-featured “Bawo Wam” video is just the right amount of light we need

There’s a lot to be mad about. Take a peep at the Twitter timeline and it won’t take you a minute to wade through the misogyny, misogynoir, sexism, racism, pervasive rape culture and and and. But there can also be time to be well, to be healthy, to be of a good mind and heart. And that’s what Bongeziwe Mabandla’s “Bawo Wam” video offers.

The Spoek Mathambo-assisted single from 2017’s Mangaliso gets a treatment by director, Rick Joaquim who goes film noir as vehicle towards creating a canvas out of the body. Bongeziwe, Spoek and the contemporary dancers that litter the video are all projector screens which carry scenes of the world we find ourselves in. They’re tender but they’re not weak. They’re present but they’re not confrontational. They matter and they’re beautiful.

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Where we can take a little bit of light, we will eat it all up. And thanks to Bongeziwe Mabandla, we have a good dosage of that via “Bawo Wam.” Watch the tender video below.

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