Bongani Ndlovu, Showbiz Correspondent
SOUTH Africa-based crooner, Bothwell “Bekezela” Nkomo says 2017 was a blistering year for him and his music and was topped off by performing and winning an award in his home city Bulawayo.
The Gwanda-born Bekezela has been riding high on his self-titled album that has taken South Africa like a whirlwind getting him praise in many circles.
The artiste, signed under the label Mutherland, was in the country over the festive period to promote his music through an Asante Sana (Thanks a lot) Tour. His performances were held at newly opened The Vista and Red Cafe among other nightspots in the city.
Throughout his time in Bulawayo he was nominated at the Skyz Metro FM awards and won the Best Afro Soul song accolade piping the likes of Berita Khumalo.
At the awards he received a standing ovation from the crowd when he belted the hit song, Bekezela as many sang along and thereafter embarked on the tour of local nightspots as a way to show his appreciation.
Bekezela said the reception in Zimbabwe astounded him.
He said he learnt that all fans wanted was quality good music to listen to.
“The Asante Sana Tour went very well and it brought about the desired results plus and accolade to top it up. Wouldn’t have had it any other way. The reception back home was overwhelming. I used to be of the perception that people of Bulawayo weren’t supportive and I was wrong, perhaps they await a really good thing and it’s our duty as creatives to deliver good products that they duly deserve,” said Bekezela.
He said during the Asante Sana Tour identified some artistes he would love to work with in the future.
Bekezela encouraged musicians from Zimbabwe to export their talent more.
“Zim artists are the most authentic and realest artist I have ever encountered they should export their craft more often to get the recognition that they deserve.
“I’m planning to work with local artists more so the young and upcoming. They need our grooming and guidance. I singled out Thamie Khumalo during Asante Sana and I toured with him, his energy is right and can go places,” said Bekezela.
He said for those who missed his performances in the city should not despair as he was planning more.
“I’m planning to host more shows in Bulawayo particularly cultural exchange initiatives. I want to sustain the Asante Sana Tour initiative,” said Bekezela.
Last year, Bekezela released a music video his self named song and it was an instant hit among fans. The music video featured fellow Zimbabwean Mbo Mahocs as his love interest.
Bekezela had nothing other than high praises for her describing working with Mbo Mahocs as a walk in the park.
“Mbo is a professional and highly skilled artist, working with her was very easy and we exchanged energies and the chemistry in the music video. This is what has made people to watch the video over and over,” said Bekezela.
Turning to his album Bekezela said:
“I prayed Bekezela becomes a big hit. All the Glory is to God as my album is gradually climbing charts and I plead with the masses to show support by buying the album so that I can continue making more.”