Hit re­vives Nova’s spirit

‘As’phele­langa’ tak­ing charts, the in­ter­net by storm

Sunday World - - Life - By Boi­tumelo Kgob­otlo kgob­ot­lob@sun­day­world.co.za

Come De­cem­ber, As’phele­langa by Vusi Nova will be an an­them to sooth the soul of any­one feel­ing in­com­plete.

Vusi Nova’s new hit, which is a likely con­tender for the fes­tive num­ber one, trended on so­cial me­dia this week with fans post­ing hi­lar­i­ous memes of their losses in­spired by the song.

As’phele­langa was of­fi­cially re­leased on Au­gust 17 and has been hav­ing a ripple ef­fect on ra­dio and so­cial me­dia. But on Wed­nes­day the song took on an ever deeper mean­ing for the artist.

As news of Jab­u­lani “HHP” Tsambo’s un­timely death was an­nounced, Nova said he was ded­i­cat­ing the song to him and is per­form­ing it in his hon­our this week­end.

“I will be do­ing a remix of the song with hip-hop and maskandi artists. He’s one of many artists we have lost this year – a fallen hero who suf­fered from de­pres­sion,” says Nova.

He never an­tic­i­pated that the song, which is the last of his lat­est 12-track al­bum, Manyan­nyan, would have such an im­pact on the peo­ple of Mzansi.

“The song was an af­ter­thought, the last on the al­bum. I ex­pected the first three to do this well.”

In the space of a week it rock­eted to num­ber one on iTunes, YouTube and was num­ber five on the top 100 songs on Ra­dio Mon­i­tor.

Nova is no stranger to churn­ing out hit songs. His claim to fame was the bril­liant ren­di­tion of the Etta James track, I’d Rather Go Blind.

His love for singing de­vel­oped as a child, lis­ten­ing to his gogo sing while sit­ting on her lap.

The 33-year-old from Brighton, Port Eliz­a­beth, ex­plained that his grandma raised him while his mom was busy try­ing to fin­ish high school.

“My grand­mother was a great singer and par­tic­i­pated in the church choir. I would sit on her lap when she sang and I kept won­der­ing how she did it.

“As I grew up, I re­alised I could also sing.”

When he was 14, his mother was fi­nan­cially sta­ble and asked that they move to Joburg.

“This is where I re­alised that school did not in­ter­est me so I only com­pleted my grade 10. I then con­vinced my mother that go­ing to col­lege was bet­ter for me, but I never com­pleted. I wasn’t used to com­plet­ing things.”

Sadly, his mother died in 2005, af­ter years of be­ing ill.

“My aunt stepped into the role of a mother and forced me to go back to school. She told me that she did not care what I was study­ing but I bet­ter go back to school and fin­ish. I went to Damelin for a di­ploma in con­tem­po­rary mu­sic, which would qual­ify me to be a mu­sic teacher. I fin­ished but would never choose that as a ca­reer.”

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing in 2012, he signed up with Kalawa Jazmee Records, which helped him launch his al­bum, Did It For Love. The Etta James cover was ded­i­cated to the me­mory of his late mother.

“She loved the song and un­til to­day, I con­sider the song my favourite.”

His last big hit, Nanin­ina, came af­ter he lost his lover of six years in 2016.

Nova is ready to set­tle down and be­come a fa­ther.

“My wish is to find some­one and have at least one child. I [too] was an only child and I only know how to par­ent one kid,” he said laugh­ing out loud.

Singer Vusi Nova also loves play­ing on­line games.

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