Nkosilesisa Ncube, Sunday Life Reporter
FOLLOWING the positive reception of his Umanyanyatha album both in and outside the country, Vusa Mkhaya (pictured right) will charm his Bulawayo audience with a solo performance in the city on 20 January.
He will hold the live performance at Indaba Book Café.
The purpose of the show is to introduce Mkhaya’s solo music career to the local audience since most people are accustomed to Mkhaya being part of the group, Insingizi.
“This will be my first performance in Zimbabwe as Vusa Mkhaya. I will perform songs from my latest album Umanyanyatha and also from my two previous solo albums — The Spirit of Ubuntu and Vocalism,” said Mkhaya in an interview with Sunday Life.
There will be no opening acts or curtain-raisers at the concert and Mkhaya’s performance will be backed by Othnel Mangoma Moyo on percussion, Mthabisi Moyo on Guitars and Reason on Bass.
“We will not have an opening act or other bands performing because we do not want to short-change the audience by having other groups perform before us and then we perform only half-an-hour or so,” said Mkhaya.
Apart from the music, the concert will include a session where the audience will be formally introduced to the band, to enable the audiences to get to know the band well ahead of the commencement of performances.
“We want to be up close and personal with the audience. That is why we chose Indaba Book Café as the venue, it is small and intimate. It creates that Jazz club environment while at the same time being a family friendly venue,” Mkhaya said.
The concert is for anyone who enjoys family friendly music and Mkhaya highlighted that this concert was for people who genuinely appreciate good, family, wholesome music.
He noted that the norm in recent years is to hold concerts that one cannot enjoy with their entire family, because the environment is never really suited for a family outing.
Tickets for the concert are available at Indaba Café and are going for $10 each.