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Vusa Mkhaya UManyanyatha – Songs from the Soul of Zimbabwe

‘If he takes off his cap to kiss you... he’s a keeper’ smiles Vusa Mkhaya in a blazer suit and baseball hat, addressing a captivated audience at Cuvilliés Theatre, Munich. It’s this earnest humour honeyed by a mellifluous voice that has helped garner Vusa’s doting fanbase, from Zimbabwe’s city of blue skies, Bulawayo, to opulent concert halls in old-town Vienna.

SSEWA SSEWA NVA K’LA – Grooves from Kampala, Uganda

‘The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be captive of the environment you find yourself in’, says forward-thinking Ugandan multi-instrumentalist Ssewa Ssewa, reflecting on the day he was prompted to invent the Janzi (pictured left). The 15-string, non-magnetic instrument was created after a fellow musician was unable to pass through airport security metal detectors with his traditional adungu.