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#MusicExchange: Bongi Archi

While Bongi Archi might be a newcomer for people to start paying attention to in the original music world, he's instantly recognisable under his birth name Bongi Mthombeni from the many stages he has graced over the past decade since he burst onto the entertainment scene as a popular member of Idols SA Top eight in 2010.
#MusicExchange: Bongi Archi

His powerful debut single Excuse Me is out now and he heads into 2022 with optimism and vigor.

I caught up with Bongi Archi last week:

BizcommunityThe new decade means?

Time to release my original music.

BizcommunityFame is about…

Being known by nearly everybody.

BizcommunityRetirement will happen when…

I take my last breath. I won’t ever be able to stop making music.

BizcommunityI don't do…


BizcommunityWhat does music mean to you?

Music means everything to me.

BizcommunityMy music is about…

Healing, inspiration, motivation, hope, love, joy and happiness.

BizcommunityI would love to co-write with:

Bruno Mars, John Legend, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Stevie Wonder.

BizcommunityWhere do you go for inspiration to create?

Everywhere I am (my surroundings and life) is my inspiration

BizcommunityWhat is the most enjoyable aspect of your work?

The writing part and live performances. Nothing better than performing in front of a live audience.

BizcommunityThe song you must do in every show?

What a Wonderful World.

BizcommunityAny funny moments on stage?

When I was playing the role of Jack in the Pantomime and the guys who were in the cow costume kept laughing about how it smells inside the costume.

So, while I was singing Someone Like You by Adele, they'd start complaining to each other about how they are busy letting air out from other parts of the body… I was in a very serious moment but I couldn't keep the laugh in.

BizcommunityMy heroes?

My Mother.

BizcommunityMy style icon:

I try to be myself and not copy anyone.

BizcommunityWhich living person do you admire most and why?

I admire Lindelani Mkhize. This man is a true inspiration and is a definite hard worker who never gives up and allows himself to go beyond the boundaries of life and opportunities. He also creates opportunities for other people as well.

BizcommunityWhat is your most treasured possession?

My keyboards.

BizcommunityIt’s your round. What are you drinking?


BizcommunityDream gig to do?

To tour my show and fill the O2 Arena in London for five nights.

BizcommunityWhat makes you stand out?

My performances, because I pour out my heart and soul in every one of them.



BizcommunityIf you were not a musician, what would you do?

I'd be a pilot.

BizcommunityWho would play you in a Hollywood blockbuster and why?

Kevin Hart in all his movies. I love his acting big time!

BizcommunityPick five words to describe yourself?

Dedicated, humble, motivated, spiritual and hard-working

BizcommunityGreatest movie ever made:

Bad Boys 1 and Bad Boys 2

BizcommunityWhat books are you reading?

The Bible.

BizcommunityWhat song changed your life?

Stand by Donnie McClurkin.

BizcommunityWho do you love?

I'm in Love with the creator of Heaven and Earth.

BizcommunityWhat is your favorite word?


BizcommunityFavorite fashion garment:

All my shoes and suits.

BizcommunityYour greatest achievement:

Being where I am right now

BizcommunityWhat do you complain about most often?

Bad service.

BizcommunityWhat is your fear?

Fear itself, because your fears can cause you to miss or not achieve what you were meant to.

BizcommunityHappiness is…

Being comfortable in your own skin, doing what you love and loving what you do.

BizcommunityOn stage I tend to…

Derail from my set list due to the vibe of the crowd.

BizcommunityThe best life lesson you have been taught?

Always be willing to learn.

BizcommunityWhere would you like to be right now?

On a plane touring the world.

BizcommunityDo you do charity work and if you do, what do you do?

When I have free time in my schedule, I try to take my music instruments and go to orphanages and set up and have a little concert just to let them start living the dream. And have a little braai afterwards!

BizcommunityWishes and dreams?

To be the best at what I do and to share it with the world so they can experience it too.

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About Martin Myers

Co-owner at Triple M Entertainment, founder Music Exchange, manager Sipho Hotstix Mabuse

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