One would have thought the musicians heartache would be long over, and he has moved on but it seems with his latest album titled ‘Manyan nyan’, the hurt runs deep. Vusi Nova, real name Vusumzi Nongxa paid a courtesy visit to The Patriot on Sunday last week to talk about prospects of collaborations with local artists, looking for love (hopefully in Botswana, hint-hint to all the single ladies) and the obvious, how he deals with his traumatic break up from the love of his life.
The couple broke up about six years ago and the pain still resonates in the 12 track album. “It is a continuation of the previous album and the same feel is still present,” he said.
With 20 000 copies sold thus far, the album stands at Gold status and the artist can only wish that his music followers and lovers continue to buy the album. “Batswana are some of the people who buy my music and I am greatly thankful for that. They help push the sales as they did with the previous album,” he said, in an almost crackly tone reminiscing of an earlier visit to a local music store, where he was told that his album is flying off the shelf.
Some of the famous names in some of the collaborations in the album include Zahara, Ntando, Kelly Khumalo, a boy band going by the name 047 and Jessica Mbangeni.
Mbangeni is a traditional poet who features in the track ‘As’phelelanga’. The track currently enjoys extensive airplay in both South Africa and Botswana and the video was shot this past Monday. Its release is expected in two weeks. Although released a little less than two months ago, the album’s mood and feel don’t sway too much from previous album, ‘Naninina’, which went double platinum. In it Vusi sings about his life experiences, especially his famous break up from the mystery partner he would rather leave unnamed.
The easy speaking Nova says he has found a second home in Botswana. He excitedly croons about his prospects of strumming the chords with locals such as Motlha and Ivon, two artists he has heard and believes would gel well with his style of music. In the past, the artist who doesn’t conform to a particular music genre made ‘Ching Ching Pow’, a collaborative track with famous Botswana rapper, Zeus. “These are the two artists from here that I would love to do collaborations with because they are amazingly believable,” he said.
Going for the international market, Nova would relish at the idea of synchronizing voices with the legendary Robert Kelly. He believes though marred by controversy, the ‘King of R&B’ managed through his music to bring old school RnB to the fore in a fresh and relatable way. His adoring Botswana fans would be delighted to know that he is working on coming to perform in the country in February next year. “It is still at planning stage but when all is finalized, my Botswana fans will get treated to a special performance,” he promised, before dashing out to check in at the airport for his flight back home.