By Tumiso Setladi
Bongani Phiri (32) from Tembisa, Gauteng, is a musician who can play both the guitar and the xylophone. He was spotted at an early age that he had the passion for music. He says that he listened to Jazz Music and that shaped the kind of musician he is today. In 2008 he studied music at the School of Creative Art, specializing in guitar, xylophone and music theory under UNISA Music Grades.
Bongani has a Diploma in Information Technology and could have become an IT specialist, but because of the music bug, he became a musician.
“Music is my calling, my purpose for living, I am happy where I am,” he said.
He is currently a guitarist for a band called FingerPrint5 and has been with the band for the past 4 years. He also hold guitar lessons at the Vusi Mahlasela Music Academy and has been at the school since 2012.
“Being an African and the indigenous music we have inspires me. The South African legends that inspire me, include the likes of Phillip Tabane, Vusi Mahlasela, Selaelo Delta and Sello Galane. I would love to work with the legendary Ray Phiri in the future,” he said.
He would love to use his music to help out in communities, he has so much love for Africa and he believes that one day all the injustice that is happening in the continent will all come to an end and he hopes to be in the front line to make sure that this is achieved.
Bongani believes that he has found his voice in music because there isn’t one thing that best describes him except for music.
His future plans are to be involved in Campaigns that will see our green environment preserved and taken care of. He would also love to see his band FingerPrint5 collaborating with The Muffins. He would love to see his name being an internationally acclaimed brand.
He is Bongani S. Phiri on Facebook, @Bongani_Phiri_ on Twitter and Bongani_Phiri on Instagram.