South Africa-based Afro-soul sensation Bothwell “Bekezela” Nkomo has recruited a number of African artistes in composing a song titled Phumelela, a piece which is inspired by Covid-19 pandemic that is wreaking havoc on livelihoods across the world.
It features Zimbabwean artistes including poet Albert Nyathi, Simba CI, legendary Oliver Mtukudzi’s guitarist Mono Mukundu, United Kingdom based Tsungai Tsikirai and Austria-based Vusa Mkhaya.
The South African nation is proudly represented by Candy TsamaNdebele, Liezel Marshall, Ngwato Mapalakanye, Zodwa Mabena, Bongane Sax, Inno Motong, Thabone and Henny C.
Other artistes include Akinwale James (Nigeria), Lawi (Malawi), Nonny D (Nigeria) Papy Nsenga (DRC), and the duo of Khoisan (Botswana).
Local multi-award winning arts photographer Mgcini Nyoni is also credited as one of the writers of the song.
Speaking from his base in Johannesburg in an interview with B-Metro Bekezela revealed that Phumelela which is built on the time signature song of Ndebele nation’s Inkonkoni Iyajama, encourage people to continue soldiering on in the fight against different life struggles including Covid-19.
“Covid-19 has come at a time the world is facing multiple other problems that include poverty, war, unemployment and other diseases that have been a problem to humanity since time immemorial.
“In light of this situation that makes Covid-19 one other problem in addition to other existing ones, the song Phumelela is a message of encouragement to people to be positive about the fight and defeat of different life obstacles.
“It is about the enduring spirit of human beings and how we will overcome the current issue as we have overcome other problems over the centuries of human existence,” said Bekezela.
The song which is Bekezela Music’s first independent project outside Muthaland Entertainment was released on 1 May on the Bekezela Music YouTube channel as a lyrics video.
It is also played on local radio stations Khulumani FM and Skyz Metro FM.
He revealed that more independent Bekezela music projects were still to come as he was on a mission to unite Africa artistes in telling African stories.