Bulawayo– Award winning Afro soul musician, Bothwell ‘Bekezela’ Nkomo says he is ecstatic as fans from Bulawayo have given him a sly nod in appreciation of how ahead of the game he is in his musical career.
Bekezela has been nominated in the 2019 Zimbabwe Achievers Awards to be held in South Africa.
In the music category, he will be facing stiff competition against acclaimed musicians such as Mkhululi Bhebhe, Berita and Ndolwane Super Sounds.
The gifted guitarist has expressed that the nomination itself is a victory and appreciates the support from his fans.
“l am grateful for the opportunity to be recognized by my own people, it motivates me to work even harder, I have just scratched the surface. I acknowledge also my fellow countrymen who are raising the flag in their own capacities, all the best to them they all deserve the accolade, “Bekezela said.
Bekezela went on to reveal that as of now, he is working on a new project, and is expecting to perform in the city sometime later this year.
“I am looking forward to the Soul Cook Out, a fresh new concept of family with food and fun and games even though it’s not yet confirmed but should it suffice l will be coming down to perform in May,” he said.
He added that he is also working on a track in honor of the late Jazz virtuoso, Oliver Mtukudzi, that will be released later this year.
“Currently I am working on my new single with Ntando, titled Amanzi. I have written an Oliver Mtukudzi tribute song that I am looking to release in June,” he said.
For his track Amanzi, Bekezela said he will like to thank the people from Bulawayo for their overwhelming support.
“The song was first appreciated in my home town ko Bulawayo before making waves in South Africa and for that I am grateful. I am working towards an industry back home that will set trends in the global entertainment biz and we are making progress. Amanzi is well received and has already scooped best Afro soul song at the Skyz Metro FM awards.”
Posed on what inspired him to pen down the song, Bekezela said, “I was in Durban by the hotel overlooking the ocean and l was mesmerized by the huge body of endless water and l started writing.”
“Of course, my subject had to be a woman and she carried the story very well.”