ZIMBABWEAN musician Berita Khumalo who is based in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, is making waves in that country having bagged the Best African Pop Album in the Metro FM awards that were held on Saturday evening.
Report by Khulani Nkabinde
Khumalo hails from Nketa 6 suburb in Bulawayo. She has a record deal with Kalawa Jazmee Records owned by house music disc jockey Oscar “Oskido” Mdlongwa.
Oskido confirmed at a Kalawa Jazmee show held at Queens Sports Ground in December last year that Khumalo comes from Bulawayo.
Her manager, Luyolo Beku, also told journalists at the show that there are plans to make her popular in Bulawayo and Zimbabwe in general as she is from this country.
She won the award, thanks to her album Conquering Spirit that has the hit song, Thandolwethu which is getting massive airplay on South African stations such as Metro FM, Ukhozi FM as well as Umhlobo Wenene FM.
An ecstatic Khumalo wrote on her twitter handle on Sunday morning: “Good morning. I haven’t slept; I see no need to close my eyes to live my dream! This is my dream. Thank you. I humble myself before you. God Bless you.”
The multi-talented 21-year-old relocated to South Africa in 2010 to study for a diploma in financial information systems at Walter Sisulu University. However, little did she knew that she would record and release an album that would sell out in just two days soon after arriving in South Africa.
Berita taught herself how to play the guitar after buying one in 2010 and it paid off handsomely when she recorded her debut album Conquering Spirit.
She assumed the stage name Berita from her mother who raised her to be an independent woman.
Berita has performed live on TV programmes such as Morning Live on SABC2 and ETV’s Sunrise show.
She has been compared to South African song bird, Zahara because of her vocal prowess and her afro-soul style of music.