Auxilia Katongomara Saturday Leisure Reporter
ZIMBABWEAN Joyous Celebration member Mkhululi Bhebhe is definitely the man to watch out for in the gospel industry as he is cementing his stay with the revered South African group by producing hit after hit. This time, Bhebhe has come up with another scorcher Namata, which is rocking the airwaves.
The former Idols Africa contestant made a big breakthrough when he joined the colourful outfit in 2011 with the debut Tambira Jehovah, which was an instant hit proving that the Bulawayo star is talented.
The hit comes after another hit Ichokwadi which became an instant hit not only in Zimbabwe but across Southern Africa.
In the video Namata, the energetic Bhebhe clad in army fatigues and declaring war on the Devil showcases his creativity through his Zimbabwean dances.
Bhebhe made a huge splash on mainstream music by becoming the first Zimbabwean to join the South African group, which specialises in promoting music from different languages.
The talented vocalist has a 16-track album under his name.
The album is made up of hits such as Tambira Jehovah as well as Tokwira Makomo, Totenda Kunaka and a Zulu praise chorus mix.
The Bulawayo-born star considers Zimbabwe as his main market despite endearing himself with multitudes of fans in South Africa where he is based.
Bhebhe became famous after his stint in the talent search competition, CBZ ‘A’ Academy where he finished second and worked as an administrative assistant in Bulawayo.
In earlier interviews, the vocalist revealed that he joined Joyous Celebration after a very difficult phase in his life.
“I joined Joyous Celebration in the year 2010 after a very difficult phase in my life where I suffered untold rejection and pain,” he said.
It was soon after he had finished sixth in the competition and found himself jobless after the stint in the competition.
“I went into a major depression where I even contemplated suicide because I felt like life was not worth living anymore. I could not provide for my mother and young brothers anymore and this really hurt me,” he said.
However, Bhebhe thanks the Lord for his achievements.
“If somebody had told me five years ago that I would be the kind of person that I am today, I never would have believed. Surely God can make something out of nothing,” he says.
Bhebhe’s biggest dream is to be recognised as the best praise and worship leader in Africa.