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Bongeziwe Mabandla “Bawo Wam”

South African musician, Bongeziwe Mabandla shares the official music video for his latest single “Bawo Wam”. Shot in black and white featuring stunning double exposed footage, the visuals perfectly accompany the song’s powerful Xhosa message.

“Bawo Wam, like most of the album deals with transition and spiritually”, says Bongeziwe. “I’m a more hopeful and thankful mindset and it shows in the album. The song deals with a reflection on the past, and the many times that a guiding force has been present throughout. The song is a celebration of the many unseen miraculous event that occurred. It’s a song about gratitude and hope.”

The song and video feature lyricist and producer Spoek Mathambo. The collaboration between Spoek and Bongeziwe has resulted in “Bawo Wam” becoming a fan favourite across the world.

Director + Cinematographer: Rick Joaquim

Awards and Achievements so far include:

• "Best Music Video" Winner - Official selection for the Capital City Black Film Festival 2018
• "Best Music Video" Runner-Up - Official selection for the Jukebox International Film Festival 2018
• "Honourable Mention"- London-X4 Short Film Festival 2018
• Nominee "Best Music Video" - Crystal Palace International Film Festival 2019
• Official Selection - Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival 2019
• Official Selection - Oregon Short Film Festival 2019
• Nominee "Best International Director" - Oregon Short Film Festival 2019

  • Rick Joaquim
  • Rick Joaquim
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 21, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    4,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Country of Filming:
    South Africa
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Fuji X-H1 4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Capital City Black Film Festival 2018

    United Kingdom
    North American
    Winner - "Best Music Video"
  • Jukebox International Film Festival 2018

    Runner-Up - "Best Music Video"
  • London-X4 Short Film Festival 2018
    United Kingdom
    "Honourable Mention"
Director Biography - Rick Joaquim

Rick Joaquim is an award-winning Cinematographer, who is constantly in demand.

From short films and music videos for South Africa's leading artists to Online and TV Commercials for clients including HBO, KIA Cars, Doritos, Castle Beer, Edgars, BMW and Virgin shooting for Sir Richard Branson.

He has been fortunate enough to travel the world for his work and win a few awards along the way including "Best Film" at the 48 Hour Film Project Johannesburg both in 2014 and 2016 respectively, “Best Short Film” at the Silwerskerm Festival 2018 Awards for a short film he shot titled “Axis Mundi” and nominated for "Best Cinematography” and" Best Documentary" at the Bokeh South African International Fashion Film Festival in 2018.

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