About Vusa Mkhaya

Vusa Mkhaya is a Singer, Songwriter, Music Producer, Cultural Activist and Artistic Director from the 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 across decades. Driven by an unquenchable thirst for the greatness of 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 that he feeds and is himself fed by the beauty of music.

As part of the vocal trio INSINGIZI, Vusa has shared in the commercial and much acclaimed success  from  the 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), UManyanyatha (2016) the re-release of UManyanyatha as Songs From The Soul Of Zimbabwe internationally in 2020 and Khanyisa (2022) are each emotive musical stories of love, heartbreak and every day living. They are tales delivered in soulful, beautiful pieces; sometimes achingly sorrowful and haunting. Vusa gives life to the voice and it is the same voice that gives him life. He has travelled and performed in theaters, festivals and arenas in more than 250 cities spread over at least 50 countries. In 2018 he sang the theme song for The Oscar Award nominated short film, Watu Wote.

Awards & Nominations

  1. 1. Nominated for an Austrian World Music Award 2015 for the album Vocalism.
  2. 2. Awarded the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (UK) for Service to Music and Cultural Promotions in 2019.
  3. 3. Awarded with a National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) for Outstanding Artist in the Diaspora Award in 2020.
  4. 4. Nominated for the Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards for Outstanding Male Artist in 2020.
  5. 5. Awarded with a Roil Bulawayo Arts Award for Outstanding Ambassador (worldwide) in 2021.
  6. 6. Nominated for the Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards for Outstanding Male Artist and Outstanding Ambassador (Worldwide) 2022.

Discography

  1. 1. The Spirit of Ubuntu (2006).
  2. 2. Vocalism (2012).
  3. 3. Umanyanyatha (2016).
  4. 4. Umanyanyatha: Songs from the Soul of Zimbabwean (2020).
  5. 5. Phuma Featuring Various (2021) Supported by Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA).
  6. 6. Khanyisa (2022).