He is Bulawayo’s most sought after professional saxophone player and that has afforded Vuyi Sax, real name Vuyile Nesbert Qongo, to be mentioned in the successful stories of many of the city’s creatives.
Talk of a majority of 2020 Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards nominated creatives like Mzoe 7 and his Amapiano single Asambeni which is nominated three times, it charmed many because of Vuyi Sax’s saxophone rhythm and flavour he contributed on the flawless song.
Other artistes who have acquired his services include Minister Lindani on Touya Ishe, Siza Mdlongwa, Ronald Stone, Vusa Mangena, Vuyo Brown, Mai Mwamuka and Jeys Marabini on his Ntunjambili album, to mention a few.
When and why did he develop the passion for the saxophone?
Despite him naturally born with a talent for music, Vuyi Sax said he developed an intimate relationship with the saxophone in 2015.
“I was born in a family which loved music so much and that influenced my upbringing. However, in 2015 I decided to pick up the saxophone after I was inspired by a Brazilian lady who played the instrument so well.
“I was lucky at church (Spoken Word Fellowship) there was a brass band so I joined the crew and taught myself how to play the sax. In 2016 I moved to South Africa, Mafikeng, which is where my craft developed because there I had more time to invest in learning the instrument,” said Vuyi Sax.
Now with his skill polished from a rough diamond, Vuyi Sax has become a force to reckon with in local music production proven by numerous collaborations he has worked on.
Mending broken hearts and winning lost souls by playing the saxophone is his main agenda.
“When approached by artistes to work with them, I first give an ear to his or her work so I can understand what kind of an audience am I playing for. This helps in covering the gap and placing the final missing piece of the production through my saxophone rhythm.
“What I love about the saxophone is that it reaches straight to the heart, so I use my skill in reviving broken marriages and relationships and most importantly winning lost souls back to God,” said Vuyi Sax.
Apart from music, Vuyi is a news anchor for Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Television’s Xhosa Iindaba news bulletins.
During his spare time he visits different orphanages and plays the saxophone for them free of charge.