Wandile Molefe

Born in KwaZulu Natal, Lamontville, Wandile’s musical journey began as a child when attending Durban choral choir competitions that his grandmother participated in.

Musical theatre was at the centre of his musical upbringing as his aunts and uncles were involved in productions such as Sarafina and Ipi Ntombi.
In 1998, Wandile’s family moved from Durban to Johannesburg and in 2000 he began formal piano lessons. He attended the National School of Arts where he matriculated and studied at the University of Cape Town completing his degree in music. In 2008 he moved back to Johannesburg to establish himself as a musician.

Wandile has worked with several artists as a pianist, composer and arranger. From 2011 till the present he has been working in many musical theatre productions around South Africa including The Pen, Kwela Bafana, and Milked Voice. He was a finalist at the SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition in 2013. In 2020 he is studying a MMus Master’s Degree at the University of Witwatersrand, researching South African music of the 1950’s.

Wandile’s compositional style is influenced by various forms of music and spirituality, including deriving from Zulu traditional music, township music, Marabi, Kwela, RnB, Hip Hop, Jazz, Gospel and World Music.