The Herald (Harare)

15 May 2011

Zimbabwe: Mkhululi Bhebhe Breaks New Ground

Former Idols contestant Mkhululi Bhebhe has made a huge splash on the mainstream music scene by becoming the first Zimbabwean to join the famed Joyous Celebration Choir.

The choir, which plays host to well known stars like Jabu Hlongwane, Buhle Hlangulela and Uche, is a grouping of different musicians whose influence is as varied as their backgrounds.

The big break is not just Mkhululi being part of the Joyous Celebration Choir but that through him the choir is now able to sing Shona songs.

Those who attended the recently held TN Bank Cash Card launch will recall how the youthful singer whipped audiences into near frenzy with his amazing voice.

According to his management, Mkhululi, or simply Mkay to his fans, is busy in the studio recording his solo album.

He is largely seen as one of the best musical talents to emerge from Bulawayo.

He has settled well at his new base in South Africa where he is now part of the multi-award-winning gospel project, Joyous Celebration.

"MKay has the now defunct CBZ "A" Academy talent search show to thank after it exposed his music gift and offered him the opportunity to announce his arrival to the music industry," a statement read.

The 27-year-old, a firm believer in God and dedicated Christian, MKay would not have missed the opportunity to be part of one of the best gospel project in the whole of Africa for anything in the world.

He said it was an honour for him to be part of the Joyous Celebration family.

"It is such an honour to work with Joyous Celebration. When I arrived for rehearsals for the first time Patrick Duncan, one of the artists, said he always thought he could sing until he came to join Joyous Celebration.

"I can testify to that because there is so much talent in this group," he said.

His musical journey began when he was still at school singing in school choirs and musical groups.

He later began actively involved in different groups in the church which is where his journey took an interesting turn and he took part in competition called CBZ A Academy Talent Search and he became the first runner up in 2007.

In 2008 he was the sixth finalist in Idols East & Southern Africa held in Kenya.

He then joined Joyous Celebration Family in 2010 as a soloist and a vocalist.

A solo album is already in the pipeline for the ambitious and determined Bulawayo boy who says he loves his country and family so much.

Mkay is inspired by music legends from different music genres such as Oliver Mtukudzi, Marvin Sapp, Jonathan Butler, Leonard Dembo, Ringo Madlingozi, Lovemore Majaivana and Solly Mahlangu. His forthcoming album promises to be one to look out for.

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