This is the biography of Vusi Nova is a South African Afro-Soul singer who has won several awards and nominations for his music. He is currently signed to Muthaland Entertainment and Universal Music.
Vusi Nova Early Life and Education
Vusi Nova, whose real name is Vusimuzi Nongxa was born on 24 September 1984. He grew up in New Brighton, a township in Gqeberha. His grandmother, who was a singer in a church choir, raised him. He developed a passion for music at a young age and started singing in the church as well. He attended primary and high school in Gqeberha and participated in various musical activities.
In 1998, Vusi Nova relocated to Johannesburg to follow his dream of becoming a professional singer. He enrolled at the National School of the Arts, where he studied music and drama.
Vusi Nova Career and Achievements
Vusi Nova’s career began in 2009 when he signed a record deal with EMI Records and released his first album, Ndimfumene. The album did not receive much attention, so he switched to Kalawa Jazmee Records, where he worked with Oskido. However, he still did not achieve the success he desired.
In 2012, Vusi signed with Muthaland Entertainment, a label owned by Lance Stehr. He began to work on his debut studio album under the new label, which was released in 2013. The album, titled Walk Into Light, featured collaborations with Moneoa, Veezo, RJ Benjamin, and Ishmael. The album received positive reviews and earned him recognition as an Afro-Soul artist.
“Did It For Love”
In 2014, Vusi released his second studio album, Did It For Love, which got a nomination for Best RnB/Soul/Reggae Album at the 21st South African Music Awards (SAMAs). The album included the hit single I’d Rather Go Blind, which was a cover of Etta James’ classic song.
Two years later, Vusi Nova released his third studio album, Naninina, which was a tribute to his late mother and grandmother. The album was a commercial and critical success, selling over 100,000 copies and winning three awards at the 2017 Metro FM Awards: Best Afro Pop Album, Best Styled Artist/Group, and Best Produced Album. The album also won Best Afro Album at the 2017 South African Afro Music Awards (SAAFMA). It featured the popular songs Thandiwe and Naninina.
In 2018, Vusi released his fourth studio album, Mayan-Nyan, certified gold with sales of over 25,000 units. The album got Album of the Year and Best Afro Pop Album nominations at the 25th SAMAs and won Best Engineered Album of the Year. The album featured the song As’phelelanga, which became an anthem for celebrating fallen heroes.
In 2021, he released his fifth studio album, NguMama, a dedication to his late father. The album won Best Afro Pop Album at the 27th SAMAs and featured the song Yibanathi, which was a collaboration with gospel singer Dumi Mkokstad.
In addition to his music career, Vusi Nova has also ventured into television. In 2021, he made his screen debut as a judge on Amazing Voices season 2.
Vusi Nova Personal Life and Controversies
Vusi Nova’s personal life and sexual orientation have been a subject of speculation and rumours for many years. Some people have claimed that he is gay and engaged a man named Joseph Safra. However, Vusi Nova has denied these allegations and has stated that he is heterosexual.
In 2017, four men pretending to be police officers kidnapped and robbed him. They stripped him n_ked and thrashed him before dumping him in Soweto. He managed to survive the ordeal and recover from his injuries.
Vusi Nova is currently single and does not have any children. However, he has expressed his desire to have a biological child someday.
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