Former Afrika Revenge band member Willis Wataffi will next month return to Bulawayo for a homecoming and live concert after a performance at the three-day Umoja Concert in Maputo next week.
The Qaya musician, who is returning to his hometown for the first time in over four years, will be backed by Umdumo Wesizwe in Bulawayo, marking the official launch of his solo career.
The debut DVD album, to be recorded live, will feature over 40 tracks from his two albums and one done before the group’s split, Africa Revenge Presents Qaya Music, which featured the hit track, Wanga.
Wataffi, who has recorded two albums, Zhizha and Qaya Rootz, also recorded a video for his single, Woman of Rock, to celebrate women of the world, in February this year.
“The world came out of great women’s wombs and we need to celebrate women in every aspect, hence my decision to work on this video,” said Wataffi.
Zhizha – a Time to Sow – is an 11-track album which has tracks, Rusambo, Arumwa, and Zhizha while Qaya Rootz is a 13-track album carrying the tracks Ikozvino, Matongo, Mukahuru, 46664, The Long Walk, New Afirika, Minds Alive and Pamukute.
His first solo album was released in 2007 and the second came out last year.
He said: “My first album is advocating the protection of our ethos and cultures as a people. It talks about love, peace and harmony.”
He said the second album was about celebrating the footprints of those who have come before him and those whose footprints have helped to shape the future.
“We are celebrating the great minds of people like Kwame Nkrumah and Steve Bantu Biko,” said Wataffi, who has also held live shows at the Mannenberg and Jazz 105.
Wataffi, who has taken an initiative of saving water in Bulawayo, will launch his Conserve Water, Save Bulawayo Project at the same time that he will record his DVD.