Magwegwe West-bred stella performer Vuyo Brown is the Bulawayo creative queen this year after she scooped the Outstanding Female Artiste of the Year Award at the fifth edition of the Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards.
Her win is justifiable because of her work ethic that has solid testimonies in her career.
She has had a busy year releasing her own music and doing four collaborations including one with South African muso Speedy (of Bongo Maffin), Hwabaraty and recently Rayo Beats (on a new single ‘Smile’).
Just a year ago, Vuyo teamed up with Vusa Mangena and Snowy Ncube and recorded a video for their single titled Silwele, inspired by their recognition of the need for divine intervention in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The song is a prayer to God to protect the people.
In January, we saw the release of the ‘Masiyephambili’ video where Vuyo featured with Vusa Mkhaya and other artistes, followed in May by ‘Mvelinqangi’ with Hwabaraty.
In July, she released her single Imvana with visuals.
HER JOURNEY TO STARDOM
The young and wholesome star from Bulawayo, born Nokufeza Vuyolwethu Ngwenya, started singing early with her public début at the age of 14.
She was part of the church music team at Dominican Convent High School where she sang in the Vernacular Choir and ‘Rocappella’.
Between 2014 and 2016, Vuyo was breaking into the music business professionally and released her first single NdiJesu in July 2016 as a tribute to her mother and anyone going through pain.
It was a song of encouragement, using Mbira and bass guitar fusion in an Afro sound, to pray and hold on.
Her second single Tichatamba followed in 2017 and was worlds apart from her first one, just to demonstrate her versatility.
It had been on rotation in two United Kingdom radio stations, Premier Gospel and Salt FM.
Grace Fulfilled became the multi-genre artiste’s début album on 30 June 2018.
She makes music because she believes, “it should bring joy and healing and enjoys exploring the idea and reality of God through art, even throwing in a touch of jazz along her journey”.
Thula Wazi was released on 20 September 2019, as a single, rocking radio stations around the country.
The song achieved a lot including sitting comfortably on the ZiFM Top 40 Chart for five weeks, reigning at number one on the Skyz Metro FM Gospel Chart for five weeks, and four weeks as number one on Khulumani FM’s Gospel Chart.
Because of its message this song of hope and encouragement became an anthem in and outside Zimbabwe, enjoying a massive rotation on platforms such as One Gospel and Trace.