Mkhu­l­uli Bhebhe af­ter Joy­ous Cel­e­bra­tion

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Nigel Siz­iba Sun­day Life Re­porter

UN­LIKE a drop of wa­ter which loses its iden­tity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his be­ing in the so­ci­ety in which he lives. Man’s life is in­de­pen­dent. He is born not for the devel­op­ment of the so­ci­ety alone, but for the devel­op­ment of his self.

Af­ter mak­ing it big with Joy­ous Cel­e­bra­tion, Mkhu­l­uli Bhebhe felt that he had learnt enough and it was time to ap­ply what he learnt in South Africa and go solo.

In an in­ter­view with Sun­day Life, he said be­ing at Joy­ous Cel­e­bra­tion was a learn­ing curve.

“Ba­si­cally be­ing in South Africa was a learn­ing curve, when­ever you step onto a stage that you do not know con­sid­er­ing I was the first Zim­bab­wean to ever col­lab­o­rate or be part of Joy­ous Cel­e­bra­tion, I can sum­marise and say that it was like a uni­ver­sity to me in terms of mu­sic,” he said.

Be­ing a mem­ber of such a big group also taught him to be hum­ble and have self con­trol.

“I have been in the mu­sic in­dus­try for some­time be­fore join­ing Joy­ous, it takes some­thing to hum­ble your­self if you step into a new ter­ri­tory, as artistes you are bound to have dif­fer­ent opin­ions and there are some egos and you are bound to clash but you lose noth­ing by tak­ing a step back,” said Bhebhe.

Chas­ing his solo ca­reer has been a long time com­ing as Joy­ous does not hin­der their artistes from pur­su­ing their in­di­vid­ual ca­reers.

“When my ca­reer started blos­som­ing some years back I have been jug­gling be­tween the two for the past five years be­cause Joy­ous does not stop any of its mem­bers to chase their solo ca­reers so it’s been a long time com­ing,” he ex­plained. Bhebhe said be­ing a solo artiste has been amaz­ing so far.

“Work­ing on my own has been amaz­ing, I have man­aged to go all over the world at the same time learn­ing new cul­tures,” he said.

As a solo mu­si­cian he has recorded his de­but al­bum set to be launched on 15 De­cem­ber.

“I recorded my al­bum last year and it will be launched on the 15th of De­cem­ber at ZITF Hall 3, the con­cert is run­ning un­der the theme ‘The Ul­ti­mate Praise Ex­pe­ri­ence’ and in this al­bum I fused a lot of sounds from all over the world in coun­tries like Ghana, Nige­ria, Kenya, SA and I did two of my songs in Su­lenum (small coun­try in South Amer­ica),” said Bhebhe.

The Ul­ti­mate Praise Ex­pe­ri­ence is ex­pected to go na­tional.

“My de­sire is to take this con­cert to greater heights as this is our first, we will have more to fol­low in dif­fer­ent prov­inces,” said Bhebhe.

He fur­ther said his show is go­ing to fea­ture some bud­ding artistes and groups as a way of giv­ing them a plat­form to show­case their tal­ents.

“Our fans should also ex­pect lo­cal tal­ented artistes and mu­sic groups like Nkosi Her­man, Fam­ily Voices, Vo­cal X and Hy­brid Sounds,” he said.

Bhebhe also un­packed his 2019 cal­en­dar, which looks very busy as he al­ready has seven book­ings.

“I think 2019 will be a very busy year as I have a lot of book­ings all over the world, I have a book­ing in Switzer­land, United King­dom, USA, South Amer­ica, Kenya, Aus­tralia and Tan­za­nia and my fans should look for­ward to fresh mu­sic ev­ery year,” said Bhebhe.

Mkhu­l­uli Bhebhe

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