Vusa Mkhaya is a Zimbabwean born Imbube musician based in Austria. He is part of the award winning Imbube trio Insingizi.

Vusa Mkhaya
Born October 19, 1974 -->
Bulawayo
Residence Vienna, Austria
Occupation
  • Musician
Known for Being a musician.


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Background

Mkhaya was born Vusumuzi Mkhaya Ndlovu in Bulawayo on the 19th of October 1974.[1] Explaining how he got the name Vusa Mkhaya he said:

Everyone calls me Vusa so I just took that and added my middle name Mkhaya to create my stage name.

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Education

He studied music theory and Accordion at the Johan Fuchs Music Conservatorium in Graz Austria for 3 years.[1]

Career

Mkhaya released his second solo album Vocalism in 2012 after releasing the album The Spirit of Ubuntu. He released a third solo album Manyanyatha in 2016. Explaining how he came up with the title for his third album, Mkhaya said:

Manyanyatha is my nickname that my uncle gave me as a kid. I am told every time music was played on radio or TV I stood up and sang along and danced. This is how the name Manyanyatha was born. So I am paying tribute to those that encouraged me to sing when I was growing up

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As a member of Insingizi he released six albums.[1] The trio comprises of Mkhaya, Blessings Nkomo and Dumisani Ramadu Moyo. Mkhaya is credited for mentoring the likes of Nobuntu and mbira queen, Hope Masike among others.[4]

Awards

As Insingizi he was awarded with the Prix France Musique de Monde 2010 (Radio France World Music award) at the Babel Med World Music Forum in Marseille, France.[4] His album Vocalism was nominated for an Austrian World Music Award. Their first CD as Insingizi sold gold in the United States.[1]



Discography

Albums

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Moyo Roy I was born a musician: interview with Vusa Mkhaya, Bulawayo24, published: April 24, 2011, retrieved: April 21, 2017
  2. Nkululeko Nkala, Vusa Mkhaya doing big things in Europe...What about home?, BMetro, published: October 12, retrieved: April 21, 2017
  3. Vusa Mkhaya releases album title video, Sunday News, published: November 27, 2016, retrieved: April 21, 2017
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sindiso Dube,Vusa Mkhaya relishes Austria stay, NewsDay, published: January 23, 2017, retrieved: April 21, 2017
  5. Mkhaya draws full house, Chronicle, published: January 23, 2017, retrieved: April 21, 2017