ZIMBABWE Music Awards (ZIMA) winning and Bulawayo based artist, Khulekani “Khuxxman” Bethule is set to unleash a new musical project that honours luminary African leaders.
Khuxxman bagged the Best House album award for his hugely successful album, Vumelani Isangoma, at the award ceremony held in Harare last week.
The eight track album, his sixth studio album, confirmed his status as one of the best musicians to come from Bulawayo.
The Afro pop turned Afro house musician, is busy in studio putting final touches to his first Extended Play, which will contain only four songs.
In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com, Khuxxman revealed that he is working on releasing his latest project in time for the festive season.
“I realised that recording another full album will use more resources and in most cases people usually select the popular song in an album and rarely listen to the other songs,” said Khuxxman.
“I noticed that in my last album, people only listened to one song, Vumelani Isangoma, yet the album had other great songs.
“That is why I decided to release an Extended Play with only a few songs.”
One of the songs, a traditional number, titled uMzilikazi Liqhawe (Mzilikazi is a hero), is dedicated to some of the most revered leaders in Southern Africa.
“I have done a song titled, uMzilikazi Liqhawe, which not only honours King Mzilikazi but also King Lobengula, King Tshaka and Senzangakhona kaJama, who was Tshaka’s father.
“The reason why I did this song is to remind our youth about our cultural heroes, who played an important role in Africa. Most young people are aware of political heroes but have limited knowledge when it comes to cultural luminaries,” he said.
Tshaka Zulu, one of the greatest warriors ever produced in Africa, was the king of the Zulu people, in South Africa. He was renowned for his military genius, discipline and attempts to unify the warring tribes of the Zulu nation.
King Mzilkazi, founded the Mthwakazi nation in Matabelaland, Zimbabwe and after his death he was succeeded by his son, Lobengula, who was the last king of the Mthwakazi nation.
The other songs contained in the project include, Makoti (bride), a wedding song and Mzwazwa, a traditional song and a dance track.Advertisement
Dubbed the Kwaito King of Bulawayo, Khuxxman has released hit after hit and has remained relevant in the music scene in the City Of Kings ever since his first album MaAfrica in 2000 which received rave reviews.