He has been named the Best Stylish Artist in 2014 by the 13th Annual Metro FM Awards. Some people call him “Mr. I’d Rather Go Blind” and some call him pretty face with a seductive voice. His name is Vusi Nova, a man most fell in love with when he dropped his rendition of ‘I’d rather go blind’ by Etta James earlier this year.
A couple of weeks ago he visited Cape Town to promote his album titled Walk Into Light. With our luck we managed to steal him for few minutes just to have a little chat with him, and this is how it went down.
Who is Vusi Nova?
I am just a simple guy who’s in love with love, and loves to sing about it. I am a very shy person and quite private. I love my mother and yes, I am a mama’s boy. Hahaha!
I was born in Port Elizabeth and moved to Johannesburg where I grew up and attended most of my school years then it became home.
Where did your love from music start?
Well I can say as long as I can remember. I come from a musical family, where literally everyone can sing. Music is the only way I can fully express myself.
What is the most extraordinary part of your career so far?
Well the has been a lot but I can say releasing my first single and the overwhelming response it got from the public. That alone is something I did not expect.
Who is your daily inspiration?
Well as I said earlier, I am a mama’s boy. Therefore, my mom is my inspiration and love.
What made you decide to make ‘I’d rather go blind’ your single?
Actually, at first when I recorded the song it was not meant to be a single or even be part of the album. I just recorded it, because it is one of my mom’s favourite songs and I was dedicating it to her. However, after a while we decided to put it out there and see what will the public say, and that is how it became a single.
Who did you work with on this album?
On the production side, I worked with Pyro, Kris J, Techno P, Vusi Ndlovu, and Mono T. I also featured the beautiful Moneoa, my voice coach RJ Benjamin and Ishmael.
What sound /genre does the album have?
The album consist of RnB, a bit of classic and jazz but mostly the is some soul into it.
Which songs in the album that can give us a hint the kind of person Vusi Nova is?
Hahaha! That is a tricky one, I could say number 3 titled Loli.
Did you foresee the popularity?
Not at all, I was surprise that people were drawn to this album since my first one did not do much.
Are the any projects that you involve in?
Quite a few, I am involve with ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organisation of 3.5 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. I am also working on a SHARING OF SKILLS and STAGE project with Port Elizabeth OPERA HOUSE.
Name one thing we do not know about Vusi Nova?
I love living on the edge a bit. Hahaha!
What is your bad habit?
I am quite impatient.
Are you dating or single?
I am single, but not ready to mingle. Hahaha!
What can we expect from you in the next few months of 2014?
You can expect more music, and that is all I can say for now.
Last words to your supporters?
Thank you for the love you have shown me so far, and I would not have made it this far without you. Thank you so much
You can follow him on @VusiNova or visit his website: http://www.vusinova.co.za
You can also catch him on the following places around the country:
24 – 27 JULY – Opera House Mandela Bay Concert Series (PE)
31 August – Arts Alive Concert at Zoo Lake (JHB)
27 Sept – Port Elizabeth Jazz Festival
16 DEC – Morula Casino (TBC) 16 Days of Activism Outdoor JAZZ Festival