Umanyanyatha - Songs From The Soul Of Zimbabwe
Label: ARC MUSIC
Format: COMPACT DISC
Guggenbichler, Roland; Feldgrill, Werner; Preinfalk, Gerald; Moro, Martin; Mkhaya, Vusa; Ehrenhöfer, Lukas; Mass, Stephan; Schwendt, Roman; Hollendohner, Manuel; Eva, ; Eigner, Christian; Lopongo, Pascal; Mozeth, Michael; Dube, Heather; Sibanda, Duduzile
Vusa Mkhaya embodies the sound of the eclectic, pulsing, dusty streets of Tshabalala township in Zimbabwe’s Bulawayo. He captures the romanticism of the Southern African climes, his voice rich with the vibrations of a heritage that spans decades. 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. Vusa has pushed the boundaries of world music, retaining a mind-bending, soul-searching, spiritually stirring sound that is inspired by life’s questions. It is in that depth he feeds, and is himself fed by the beauty of music. 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. His 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 the voice that gives him life.