VF Live: Nombuso Mathibela



A South African jazz, funk, and folk records special.

In VF Live, DJs take you inside their HQs, record shops, and studios for intimate sets and mixes.

Johannesburg-based DJ Nombuso Mathibela makes her debut in the series, with a special focusing on “records by South African magicians, jazzmakers, and folklorists.

“These are some of my favorite tracks that have made me appreciate the unique visual aesthetics of South African sound. Some of the beauty of this region’s chants, melodies, and unending rhythms can be seen in how people dance. This selection is for furious dancers, spiritualists, and lovers of long-sides.”

Watch and listen to the set above, check out the tracklist below.


1. Johnny Mbizo Dyani – Thank you
2. Assagai – La la
3. Movement in the city – Camel Walk
4. Sathima Bea Benjamin – Music
5. Busi Mhlongo – oBaba omncane
6. Phillip Tabane – Mpampa madiba
7. Batsumi – Emapondweni
8. Zim Ngqawana – The Widow
9. Blue Notes for Mongezi Feza – First movement
10. Blue Notes in concert – Mhegebe
11. Moses Taiwa Molelekwa – Dance to Africa
12. The Ibrahim Khalil Shihab quintet featuring Mankunku – Spring
13. Sibusile Xaba – Emazulwini
14. Asher Gamedze – Siyabulela