Avela Kulutu sings her heart out

2018-11-01 06:01
Avela K performing at Site C taxi rank with her dancer Onako Johannes.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Avela K performing at Site C taxi rank with her dancer Onako Johannes.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Avela Kulutu, an up-and-coming gospel artist was caught mesmerising adherents with a stunning performance at the Site C taxi rank, during the promotion of latest album.

Avela K(24), as she is affectionately known in the gospel music circles, described her album as ”healing broken souls.”

Ndindedwa Mama, the title of the album, was released in November 2017, she said.

“It’s a 12 song album, all written and composed by me, singing about my life’s experience,” said the talented lady.

Avela K, from Kraaifontein, said she started singing at a young age at primary school, but became serious in music in 2013.

“In 2014, I released my first album, titled Savumelana, but it didn’t do well in the market. In 2015 I released my second album, Akabhali Umama, which did well because(by that time) people already knew me,” she said adding that she is still going around the metro region promoting her latest album.

Avela K, who sings traditional gospel, said her life turned upside down after her mother died in 2005.

“I was so close to my mother and after she died, there was a void, because I don’t have a good relationship with my father. I struggled a lot, even in my music, there only person who supports me is my grandmother. She looked after me financially,” said the soft spoken songstress.

She had to drop out of school in Grade 7 in 2013. She described Nosiphiwo Potelwa as her role model in the music industry. “Nosiphiwo’s music motivates me spiritually and lifts me up when I’m down,” she said.

However, she lambasted pirates, who sell their products less than its value on the streets.

“Piracy is killing us as musicians. We are working hard to make this music and to be where we are and the only thing they (pirates) do is to copy our music,” she said. The CD is 30 a copy. Anyone who need to buy a CD can contact Avela K on 0788558318

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