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Zim artiste honoured in Austria

Life & Style
Vusa Mkhaya

MULTI-TALENTED Zimbabwean musician and Cultural Activist based in Austria, Vusa Mkhaya was honoured as the inaugural recipient of the Willi Resetarits Preis award in recognition of his artistic originality and social commitment.

The awards ceremony held on Saturday at Fluchtlingsball in Vienna, Austria, was in honour of Wilhelm Resetarits, better known as Willi Resetarits, an Austrian singer, comedian and human rights activist.

Mkhaya, best known for being a member of the award winning vocal trio Insingizi, expressed gratitude to everyone who shared their incredible talents with him over the years; emphasising the significance of community support. He believes the award belongs to everyone who has contributed to his journey.

The Willi Resetarits Preis will be an annual award celebrating music personalities or bands with a strong commitment to social causes.

Mkhaya has been an integral part of Vienna’s arts and culture scene. His socially-conscious songs address global issues, making a positive impact through his music. His work embodies the spirit of Ubuntu emphasising mutual support, listening and compassion, a philosophy deeply-ingrained in African culture.

His discography includes Watu Wote, Manyanyatha, Abalalanga, Lalela and Africa, among others.

He was nominated for an Austrian World Music Award in 2015 for the album Vocalism, awarded the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (UK) for Service to Music and Cultural Promotions in 2019, National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) Outstanding Artist in the Diaspora Award in 2020, among others.

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