Bass boss Bheka re­leases new al­bum

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO CITY BEAT - Welling­ton Mak­wakwa

Gui­tar mae­stro and mu­si­cian Bheka Mthethwa is climb­ing the mu­sic lad­der and fly­ing the Zu­l­u­land flag high with his bass gui­tar strings.

The KwaM­thethwa Vil­lage muso re­cently re­leased his de­but al­bum Su­per­nal Sounds un­der his la­bel Su­per­nal Mu­sic.

In this al­bum, Bheka not only show­cases his strings’ full-bod­ied tones, but also his in­ven­tive­ness as a mu­sic com­poser and ar­ranger.

His mu­sic jour­ney be­gan at the age of 10 years when he learned to play his older brother’s key­board in church.

At 15 he had de­vel­oped a great in­ter­est in the bass gui­tar and started teach­ing him­self by lis­ten­ing to gospel and RnB record­ings.

Pur­su­ing deeper un­der­stand­ing of mu­sic, he at­tended the an­nual Stan­dard Bank Na­tional Youth Jazz Fes­ti­val in Gra­ham­stown – a project which de­vel­ops young jazz mu­si­cians.

He then worked and per­formed with the Univer­sity of KwaZulu-Natal student band at the South African Jazz Ed­u­ca­tion Con­fer­ence.

Bheka is now in high de­mand as a ses­sion bassist, as well as a suc­cess­ful artist, com­poser, pro­ducer, mu­si­cal di­rec­tor and ar­ranger.

He has worked with top acts such as Si­bongile Khumalo, Joy­ous Cel­e­bra­tion, Ju­dith Se­phuma , Ernie Smith, Dr Tumi, Ray Phiri and oth­ers, as well as in­ter­na­tional stars such as Kirk Franklin, Don­nie McClurkin and Joe Met­tle.

He was in­volved in the Metro FM Awards, the SA Sport Awards in 2012 and 2013, the SABC Na­tional Tele­vi­sion Gospel Mu­sic Tal­ent Search and was part of the Man­dela Me­mo­rial Ser­vice at Soc­cer City.

He re­cently toured the United King­dom (London, Birm­ing­ham and Manch­ester) where he per­formed along­side Lebo Sek­go­b­ela, Ntokozo Mbambo, Ben­janim Dube and oth­ers.

Bheka Mthethwa

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