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The Voice Behind Eastern Cape’s R&B Sensation

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Vusi Nova is a Port Elizabeth born R&B Sensation who gained recognition after the release of his first single I’d Rather Go Blind.  The single received positive reviews from music critics and it was play listed on high rotation in all major radio stations nationwide. I’d Rather Go Blind is a rendition of a 1968 song with the same name by the late Etta James.

CAREER

Vusi Nova started his career in church like any other artist. He grew up with his grandmother in Port Elizabeth, then moved to Johannesburg to stay with his mother. His musical career was influenced by his late mother who used to listen to soul music, even though his music career seemed to have been a life-long dream, it has taken him so many years for it to become a reality. “People think I started singing yesterday,” he says. But before being signed by Lance Stehr to Muthaland, Vusi reveals that he was signed to EMI records in 2008 and released his first Afro-Pop album titled Ndimfumene in 2010. “I was young and I really didn’t know what was going on in the industry, I just sang because people said I have a very nice voice,” he adds. His ascent to the top hasn’t been without obstacles. He certainly came across challenges in the music industry and felt that things were going slow for him then decided to undergo a vocal training course with R.J. Benjamin while discovering himself and his full singing potential.

My career is also influenced by other artists such as Robert Kelly, John Legend, Usher Raymond, Brenda Fassie, Ntando Bangani, Ringo Madlingozi and Nana Coyete. All of these musicians have really shaped my music career to be what it is today. Music is my career and I’m living it and it feels good.

Recently, I finished my second album with Muthaland Did It For Love and I am very excited about it. The project ranges from soul, house, afro-pop and R&B. I started working on it at the beginning of this year and it features Kelly Khumalo, Brickz, Ifani and ZuluBoy. Its sound is very much like Walk Into Light, however, I had more fun making it because I am more versatile on it and I wanted to share my experiences with my fans through my music. The album is available for Pre-Order through most music chains, just ask for CDMLD007, Vusi Nova Did It For Love.

ACHIEVEMENTS

“Wow, there are so many things that I can count to my achievements as an artist. My achievements created a learning experience to make my music journey more interesting. I received a SAMA nomination and won a Metro FM Award for Best Styled Artist at the 13th Metro FM Awards. I also worked on a track titled Cocoa’na Chocolate with other African artists like Femi Kuti, Omawumi, Fally Ipupa, Juliani and Dama Do Bling, to tell African youth that their future is literally beneath their feet. From that experience, I’ve learnt a lot about different cultures and different genres”.

“Recently, I’ve worked with Bongani Fassie on the Brenda Fassie Legacy Project which was an amazing experience for me and I recorded two tracks – Memeza and Only (which has 2 mixes R&B and House)”, said Vusi.

“In 2013, I performed in the Eastern Cape for the first time at the 8th South African Traditional Music Achievements Awards and the experience felt so good because Eastern Cape is my home. Just recently, I performed at the Switching on of the lights and it was the most amazing experience with about 15000 people in Buffalo City”.

“My greatest moment in my career was when I performed at the Unite For Mandela Gala Dinner 2013 (at the Sandton Convention Centre), this was practically the second performance of the New (R&B) Vusi Nova and to be honored with Celebrities, Politicians, Some of SA Greats and even an Ex President was an amazing experience, one that I will always cherish.

This really was the platform that really launched my career and pushed me into the whole corporate scene. So yeah SA, I have been around for over a year, just not performing much at Music Festivals – which is all about to change this Festive Season as I am booked to perform in over 4 different Outdoor Music Festivals”.

“One of the craziest moments in my career was when I couldn’t see the auto cue during an award presentation with Zikhona Sodlaka at the 20th SAMA Awards earlier this year. From that night, I had a new respect of what presenters do”, Vusi laughs.

“The biggest advice I’ve been given by my seniors is to stay true to myself, remain humble and work hard. As you are going up the ladder, don’t pull people down and be very careful with what you believe from the industry gossip”.

“At this point in time, I can definitely say that I’ve made my mark in the industry as an R&B artist. As a result, I already have a confirmed booking of the Annual Evening Of Love Concert that will take place on the 14th of February 2015. Many people refer to me as the Love Doctor ever since the launch of Walk Into Light because many couples invite me to perform at their weddings”.

My message to all my fans this festive season is that; enjoy life to the fullest but be SAFE, buckle up and do not drink and drive. Secondly, festive season comes once in a year, save money for school fees and spend time with your loved ones. Last but not least, get yourself a copy of my upcoming album Did It For Love at your nearest Musica. Support local music.

Vusi Nova is currently shooting a music to his latest single “Waterfalls” taken from Did It For Love

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