Berita finishes 2nd album

East London’s award-winning songbird Berita Khumalo has finished working on her second album, Songs of Empowerment.

Coming from humble beginnings in 2012 when her debut album Conquering Spirit was released, and often being compared to Eastern Cape-born singer Zahara, the 23-year-old Metro FM afro-soul award-winner said she was excited about her latest offering.

Since her early days in the music industry, Berita has enjoyed a monumental rise after her Thandolwethu song became a national hit.

The Zimbabwe-born guitarist, who made a home for herself in East London when she came to study for a diploma in financial information systems at Walter Sisulu University, yesterday said the title of the album was inspired by her long chats with music legends Oliver Mtukudzi and Bra Hugh Masekela.

The new album has 10 tracks and has been produced by the same Johannesburg-based music company, Thami Music, that produced her debut album.

Berita collaborated with Mtukudzi and Masekela on a new version of Penka Udzoke, a song featured on her debut album.

“I hope people will be empowered in their hearts, minds and soul when they listen to the songs. After spending time and engaging with Bra Hugh and Mtukudzi, I learnt that when they produce music, they only have people in mind.”

Her first single from the album Sukundixhesha has already received airplay on various radio stations after being released a week ago.

“There are songs like Lindokuhle and Ibuyile Inkululeko, which are about empowering and encouraging people to stand up and do things for themselves. To stop complaining,” Berita said.

Her manager Luyolo Beku said listeners would be able to hear growth in Berita’s craft and song writing skills in this album.

Berita, who now studies music at the Campus of Performing Arts in Johannesburg, will be going on a national tour next Wednesday to promote the album.

She will start her tour of the Eastern Cape in Mthatha on November 17.

Fans, who cannot wait for Songs of Empowerment to hit the shelves next Monday, can buy it from iTunes. — mamelag@dispatch.co.za

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