The last album he released was Manyan-Nyan in 2018; a 12-track roller-coaster ride of love and heartbreak songs. But Vusumzi Nongxa (36), affectionately known by his fans as Vusi Nova, says it’s time to release all the music he had been tirelessly working on during the lockdown.
He started with the single Yibanathi featuring Dumi Mkokstad to keep people motivated during the COVID-19 pandemic when many families lost loved ones.
After, he teased his fans with Nomathemba where he asked his fans to submit recordings of themselves singing along to the chorus. He featured all 750 people in the song and the music video. To end off the year 2020, Vusi Nova released Ntandane featuring best friend Somizi Mhlongo- Motaung.
Today, 29 January, Vusi Nova released his12-track album NguMama dedicated to his late mom Ndileka who passed away in 2005.
“The lyrics to the single NguMama say Ndinjenje Ngu Mama (I am who I am because of my mother) who instilled values of compassion, kindness, love and caring for others,” he says.
“I want to keep her legacy in my heart at all times because it reminds me to stay grounded and remember where I come from,” he says.
The artwork of his album cover is a childhood picture of Vusi Nova and his late mom converted into a painting. “That picture was taken when I was a few months old and I’ve kept it with me all these years,” he says.
In one of his songs in the new album, Vusi Nova features Afro Soul veteran Ringo Madlingozi. That is a highlight in his career.
“Ringo is an icon, a living legend and I would not pass up the opportunity to feature one of the people who influenced my music while he is still alive,” he adds.
Although he has worked with some of the best artists in the game, he still hopes to work with more. One of the hardest yet rewarding features was with his bestie Somizi.
“Somizi, he is very stubborn, so am I. He is creative, and so am I. But there is mutual respect when it comes to working and getting the job done,” Vusi says. “Together as creatives, we make magic,” he adds. The song, Ntandane was inspired by both having lost their parents.
“Somizi’s mom died last year. I know the feeling of losing a parent and our creative energies just happened to be aligned at the time we decided to make the song,” he says.
While there have been speculation that the two are having an extramarital affair, Vusi Nova says his friendship with Somizi is more valuable than tittle-tattle.
“It gets annoying at times when people believe that Somizi and I are dating, but we usually laugh it off because it couldn’t be far from the truth,” he says.
“I have been friends with Somizi since 2004. Mohale has always been perfectly fine with our relationship and we have a great friendship,” he says.
This year, more can be expected from the Port Elizabeth born singer.
Next week, Vusi will also release the music video for his song Ntandane.
“I have a big project coming up after the album release,” he says.
“I will be recording my very first live DVD in June; it will be massive.”
Although he cannot give much detail, he will be featuring every artist he has ever worked with in his career.
“It will be massive, and I am hoping to release it on my birthday, 24 September, which also happens to be Heritage Day.”