Afro-soul singer Berita fi­nally de­liv­ers a ‘per­fect’ de­but

CityPress - - News - PHUTI MATHOBELA phuti.mathobela@city­press.co.za

It was a great night with good mu­sic, good food and amaz­ing com­pany as Afro-soul singer Gugulethu “Berita” Khu­malo mes­merised us with her sooth­ing voice dur­ing her al­bum lis­ten­ing ses­sion on Wed­nes­day night.

The in­ti­mate in­vi­ta­tion-only event held at the Uni­ver­sal Mu­sic stu­dios in Rose­bank left many with their eyes sparkling. The singer’s live ren­di­tions of her songs seemed to trans­port guests to in­ti­mate mo­ments shared with that spe­cial per­son in their lives.

We spot­ted for­mer Mu­vhango ac­tor Les­ley Musina, DJ Mobi Dixon, whose real name is Mabi Ntuli, and Con­golese-born singer-song­writer Tre­sor Riziki. They all seemed to be en­joy­ing Khu­malo’s per­for­mance as much as ev­ery­one in the room. City Press had a chat with the woman of the mo­ment. She said she was ex­cited that her dream had fi­nally come true.

“It’s like I was car­ry­ing a baby and have now de­liv­ered it to the world,” Khu­malo gushed. “I am ded­i­cat­ing this al­bum to my mother be­cause she has al­ways en­cour­aged and sup­ported me in my mu­sic ca­reer. Not ev­ery mother would do that.”

Khu­malo’s mother must have known that some­day her daugh­ter would make head­lines in the mu­sic in­dus­try. Although this is her first al­bum, the Afro-soul singer has been in the mu­sic in­dus­try for some time, hav­ing worked with mu­sic leg­ends in­clud­ing Hugh Masekela and Oliver Mtukudzi.

This prob­a­bly ex­plains the per­fec­tion that is her de­but al­bum. This is the sort of al­bum you play on a long road trip; it has the po­ten­tial to make you for­get about the wor­ries of this world.

Khu­malo is not just a good singer but a great stage per­former too. At some point, I felt like I was watch­ing a mu­sic video and my sen­ti­ments were shared by other guests who nod­ded with ap­proval as she played the gui­tar.

PHOTO: MARIOLA BIELA PHO­TOS: PHUTI MATHOBELA

A blend of colours cre­at­ing a mod­ern African look

Ac­tor and TV pre­sen­ter Les­ley Musina and Afro-soul singer Berita at her al­bum lis­ten­ing ses­sion at the Uni­ver­sal Mu­sic stu­dios

EN­TER­TAINED Afro-pop singer Tre­sor at Berita’s al­bum lis­ten­ing ses­sion in Rose­bank

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