Date:25 November 2016 - By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
Rita Dee Entertainment, a youth-led music-promotion entity, has just done what they consider to be a first in the music industry around Vhembe. They have brought together three equally talented singers into a collaboration.
Bhamba, Makhadzi and Prifix collaborated on an album entitled Vhaphandi. The album consists of six tracks that have already become anthems for the festive season.
“We started planning this project some years ago, and we were only waiting for the right time, so that we could strike the right chord,” said Denga “Rita Dee” Nephawe, Rita Dee Entertainment's manager and chief director.
She indicated that Vhaphandi was recorded in August this year and that it was only released a fortnight ago. She said that she was happy about the collaboration. “The project has borne the expected fruits,” she said. “We continue to receive phone calls and messages of support via social media from people who have bought and listened to Vhaphandi.”
The title of the album, Vhaphandi, can be directly translated as “Hustlers”. The other tracks on the album are Mmawe, Vhumatshelo, Ni do nkhumbula naa, Ndi kale and Ni ntakuse. “All the tracks generally affirm a positive life,” Rita Dee said. “Vhumatshelo, or Future, is an important song that questions all youths about their future; youths need to study in preparation for a better future.”
Makhadzi expressed her happiness about the reception of the collaborative album by the public. “I am excited about this project and I am also moved by the kind of response from our fans,” Makhadzi said. “I think every artist needs a good foundation to try different genres and deliver good music.”
She further stated that it was always good and encouraging to see that people out there loved their music. “We work hard at creating quality music and it really comes as a bonus to us when we hear people playing our music everywhere,” she said.
Bhamba and Prifix stressed the point that education was the right key to open all doors for the youth of today. “Ni songo zwifheliwa, pfunzo ndi ya ndeme (Let no one lie to you; education is important),” said Bhamba, who holds an honours degree in hydrology and a master's degree in environmental and water sciences.
Vhaphandi is available from good music stores nationwide. If you have difficulty getting hold of Vhaphandi, contact Rita Dee Entertainment at 082 066 6533.
By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.