Wandile Mbambeni: Friendly City Soul in the Mother City

So if you’ve been around the Cape Town city centre on any of the First Thursdays in the past couple of months, you may have been lucky enough to catch afro-soul sensation Wandile Mbambeni wooing the crowds at Beerhouse.

If not, you missed out. Swak.


Wandile hails from Port Elizabeth, where he was enrolled in the EP Kings rugby academy. Only he spent more time sitting on the couch playing guitar than tackling people, and after hearing him practice a few times it was his teammates who prodded him into becoming a performer. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind for the man from the Eastern Cape, but he’s riding it like a pro.


Wandile’s soulful mix of traditional Xhosa favourites and original folk and blues-inspired riffs has become an instant hit at Beerhouse, and we’re hoping to have him back regularly in the future. In the meantime, check out the Wandile Mbambeni Facebook Page for updates on the man and his guitar, and if he’s playing near you, get out and support a true South African talent.

Verses comes to Beerhouse.

Beerhouse is proud to announce that we will be hosting a very popular and exciting monthly event to coincide with Cape Towns First Thursdays cultural exploration. We present Cape Town’s most eclectic platform for spoken word and live music!

Verses Spoken Word and Live Music Sessions – is BACK  and has found a new home in the form of Beerhouse on longVerses
Verses started off in 2004 and ran for seven years before taking a bit of a break, but now it’s back and promises to be just as entertaining and inspiring as before. Each event features a poet/spoken word artist, a live band/musician and an incredibly popular open mic session. The latter often enjoys spontaneous collaborations and it’s not unusual to see a poet jamming with a guitarist who is backed by a human beat box.

Nicole Biondi, Verses founder and Cape Town-born spoken word artist says: “People are never quite sure of what to expect when first coming to Verses and are filled with nervous thoughts of high school poetry running through their minds coupled with a slight unease at the unknown. However, within the first half an hour without failure, I’ll look around and see nothing but happily entertained faces and quite often, awe!”

Join Nicole and the Verses crew on Thursday 5th June  and celebrate the return of the Verses Spoken Word and Live Music Sessions. The event is free to attend and and the stage opens from 8pm till 11pm.

Confirmed artists include talented comedian Goldie Shevlane; spoken word gurus NaMa Xam and Melisizwe Moni; and new-comer to the Verses stage, Inga Steyn. Songstress Bianca Smith will also be doing her ‘thang’ along with the featured musician Maya Elizabeth Spector whose honeyed tones will leave you wanting more.

There are still slots available in the open mic session and interested performers are welcome to email Nicole at ms.nicolebiondi@gmail.com to sign up or alternatively simply arrive early and sign up on the night.

Stay Thirsty Stay Curious.