Date:31 July 2020 - By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
The evergreen pride of Limpopo musical groups, Vhavenda Cultural Group, earned a nomination in the 26th South African Music Awards (#SAMA26), which means that they remain the best cultural group currently representing the province.
They were nominated in the Best Traditional Album category for their robust album, Sialala, and they are pitted against other equally talented groups, which are Makopanela Pineng, Mma Alusi, Qadasi & Maqhinga, and Tshwelelang Cultural Dancers.
“We are over the moon; we are really excited and happy about the nomination, which only means that we are treading on the right track,” said the group’s manager, Mr Mpho Miriri.
The group has previously won several awards, which include the 2018 South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMA), a 2019 Tshivenda Music Award (TSHIMA), and the 2019 Golden Shield Heritage Award.
“We are looking forward to add one more award for our cabinet, and this time the big one is a SAMA26,” Miriri said.
Sialala is a package of musical delights, which has been prepared by some talented singers, and comprises seven tracks, Hovhilingana, Skhumba ft Makhadzi, Sialala, Ngoma dza vhatei, Ndi do bva nda fhela, Kha vha nndwele, and Sialala (instrumental).
“The songs have been widely welcomed, especially Sialala, which speaks about the eternity of our culture,” said Miriri. “It encourages the youth to respect and embrace our culture.”
The purpose of the group is to compose, sing and promote Tshivenda cultural music and spread culture through music. “We further aim to keep young people in one place, off the streets, and for them not to forget their cultural roots,” he said. “Most of our members are youths.”
Vhavenda Cultural Group first gained popularity with songs such as Tshanda Nguvhoni, Jojo, Vho Alilali, Ngoma dza vhatei and Thonifho.
As manager, Miriri has helped the group to be independent and establish their existence to be able to go on and record their music. The group started by performing in shopping complexes and public areas, until they managed to record their album. Some of the group members have managed to record their own solo albums.
The group is made up of 10 members, who are Khuthi Mbulaheni, Shandu Magagula, Khuthadzo Mushaphi, Sedzani Matshusa, Sadam Mphumi, Thandi Mthewana, Rokunda Khuba, Fhulufhelo Magagula, Viera Mbedzi, and Trica Selala.
They had previously scored a nomination for the #SAMA25 in the Best Traditional Group category, and they hope that this time around, with their second nomination, they will bring the award home.
Those interested in Vhavenda Cultural Group can phone Miriri on 061 426 5788.
Vhavenda Cultural Group are proud nominees in the South African Music Awards 2020.
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.