Mkhaya releases international record

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Jeffrey Muvundusi
in BULAWAYO

AUSTRIA-BASED musician-cum-producer Vusa Mkhaya will this Friday release his much-awaited album, UManyanyatha — Songs from the Soul of Zimbabwe.

The 13-track album which is his third solo project was previously released in 2016 independently as (UManyanyatha) and will be re-released internationally under music label Naxos Records Canada, with additional songs digitally re-mastered and with new titles.

The album features popular tracks such as Abalalanga and Umanyanyatha which have for the past few years captured the hearts of many and received limitless airplay.

“The songs on the album are all inspired by different life events and questions that affect people in my home town and beyond. The album will also be available on iTunes, Spotify and other online music stores globally,” Mkhaya said.
Some of the plug tracks on the album include Mayibabo, Manyanyatha, Lizobuya, Africa and Ubuntu.

With over 20 years in the music industry, having toured the world extensively with the Acappella group Insingizi, Mkhaya believes the new piece will further push his brand on the international platform.

As part of the vocal trio Insingizi, he has gained commercial and critical success since their 2004 debut album, Voices of Southern Africa / Spirit of Africa, which sold over 250 000 units in North America.

Mkhaya’s solo offerings The Spirit of Ubuntu (2006), Vocalism (2012) and now Umanyanyatha are emotive musical stories of love, heartbreak and everyday living; tales delivered in soulful sometimes haunting, achingly beautiful pieces.

The talented vocalist believes his music is of international appeal hence his idea to release on many international platforms.

Driven by an unquenchable thirst for sound, he has worked with a wide range of musicians and productions locally and internationally in the process amassing a hugely impressive body of work.

Mkhaya has pushed the boundaries of world music, retaining a mind-bending, soul-searching, spiritually stirring sound that is inspired by life’s questions.

Mkhaya had a positive start to year 2020 after the National Arts Merit Awards honoured him with the Best Artist in the Diaspora Award.

This was another feather on top of the 2019 award where he was bestowed with the UK Zim Achievers honorary Award (For Service to Music and Cultural Promotion, 2019.)

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