Review

Take a peek into Wandile Mbambeni’s recording process for his latest soul-pop tune “Peace of Mind”

Tracking a theme which is as deeply relatable as it is marginally cliché, Wandile Mbambeni is back at it with a fresh single “Peace of Mind” – his first new release since Kwakumnandi which dropped last year.

Shedding some insight into just what takes place throughout the process of recording a track, he’s also simultaneously released a behind-the-scenes video, tracking the song through it’s many layers into the final cut which hits the airwaves today.

“After many years of just soul searching, I guess I now realized that peace of mind is something you can’t buy. [It] is only found within yourself. This is where I find the best version of myself,” explains Mbambeni. It’s a languid, easy soul-pop ballad – oh-so-typical of his sound – and oh-so-appreciated.

The video is a DIY, almost vintage style documentation of the recording process – tracking Mbambeni and his band members through rehearsal rooms and studio halls. Banter is traded across instruments, Nike shoes tap out the rhythm on the carpeted floor.

This Eastern Cape talent has come a long way since his small-time Cape Town gigging days when I first ran into him. And while his intimate, acoustic WM Sessions still hold a soft-spot for me, it’s the bigger stages this guy is likely heading for.