Bongani is a first Maskandi musician to win a national music competition known as The Shell Road to Fame in 1988. He is a founder of popular bands such as Bambata, Nu World, Abafana Abalungile, The Scorers and recently Shosholoza. Working with top producers – Jabu Khanyile, Hugh Masekela, Bheki Khoza, Duma Ndlovu, Mthandeni Mvelase, Dumisani Dlamini & others has gained Nkwanyana experience both as a singer and producer.
He performed at The Union Building in Pretoria – Tshwane, 27th April 2004 for “Freedom Day” at the President Thabo Mbeki Presidential Inauguration, privileged to perform for World leaders and also at the COSATU May Day event, in Bloemfontein, 1st of May 2004. Nkwanyana also performed at the Reconciliation Day on the 16th December 2004, at Mary Fitzgerald Square, Johannesburg and Polokwane respectively.