Vusa Mkhaya’s fans and musos are in for a treat as the award-winning, musician is set to re-release his highly anticipated 3rd album internationally. UManyanyatha – Songs from the Soul of Zimbabwe, the album, features popular tracks such as Abalalanga and Umanyanyatha which have both captured the hearts of many and received limitless airplay.
The album was previously released in 2016 independently as (UManyanyatha) and this time will be re-released internationally under the Naxos Records Canada music label on Friday 26 June 2020, with additional songs digitally re-mastered and with a new title.
“The songs on the album are all inspired by different life events and questions, that affect people in my home town and beyond,” Mkhaya says.
Mkhaya embodies the sound of the eclectic, pulsing, dusty streets of Tshabalala Township in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe where he grew up. He captures the romanticism of the Southern African climes, his voice rich with the vibrations of a heritage that spans decades of musical writing and performance.
Driven by an unquenchable thirst for sound, he has worked with a wide range of musicians and productions, 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.
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 250000 units in North America. Vusa 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. Mkhaya gives life to the voice, and it is also the same voice that gives him life.
Vusa Mkhaya is the 2020 National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) recipient of the Artist in the Diaspora Award. In 2019 he was bestowed with the UK Zim Achievers honorary Award for Service to Music and Cultural Promotion.
UManyanyatha- Songs from the Soul of Zimbabwe will also be available on iTunes, Spotify and other online music stores globally. It can also be ordered order from store.arcmusic.co.uk/umanyanyatha-songs-from-the-soul-of-zimbabwe.html