Afrosoul artiste Berita’s performance leaves fans yearning for more

By Olga I. Ishimwe
On 28 May 2018 at 02:00

Of outstanding talent and beauty, South-African based Zimbabwean Afro-soul songstress, Gugulethu Khumalo, better known as Berita (originally her mother’s name), left an unforgettable mark on her spellbound audience as she performed in the "Live and Unplugged show".

The event was organized by AfroGroov, a local Artistes and Events management organization and saw some 100 guests at the Kigali Cultural Village, which gave the session an intimacy that was enhanced by Berita’s soulful performance.

Berita Khumalo’s performance was preceded by a talk show led by Afrogroov’s Eric Soul where Berita gave her insights on being an African artiste in the world of Music, and Gender equality in music, and her career journey, among other subjects.

According to the songstress, artistes should not be evaluated on their genders but on their talents.

“I am getting to a point where I no longer see myself as a female artiste, but an artiste who’s able to compete with my peers, either male or Female.”

On late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Berita recalled her as "a friend, a mother figure and a great counsellor.” To her, having Mama Winnie helped her a lot in shaping who she wanted to become in the world.

With her blissful toned voice, Berita conquered her audience with “Sophinda Sidibane”, an inspirational song that means ’Till we meet again’. The tune lyrically uplifted spirits with each intoned harmony, as the Afro-soul singer dedicated the song to all Rwandans who lost friends and families in the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.

Among others she performed ‘Phakama Afrika’, a song that speaks on the rise of Africa and ‘Sophinda Sidibane,’ ‘Thandolwethu,’ ‘Menziwa,’ and ‘Sukundixhesha’.
Also present was Inanga musician Deo Gratias Munyakazi who shared his artistic experience with the ‘Live and Unplugged’ show attendees as he performed his local popular songs including “Isoko Dusangiye” meaning ‘the flow we share’ and “Urakwiriye Mwami” meaning ‘You are worthy O’ Lord’.

Both vocally gifted and intelligent, Berita Khumalo grew up in a family of seven, including five younger siblings, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

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