Berita (Singer)

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Born
Gugulethu Khumalo

(1991-06-27) 27 June 1991 (age 29)[1]
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
NationalityZimbabwean
CitizenshipZimbabwe
Alma mater
  • Nketa Primary school
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Occupation
  • songwriter
  • singer
  • guitarist
  • music producer

Gugulethu Berita Khumalo (born June 27, 1991) is a Zimbabwean-born singer.Born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Gugulethu relocated to East London,Eastern Cape in 2011 to study Financial Information Systems at Walter Sisulu University.[2]

In March 2013, She released her debut album titled Conquering Spirit which peaked at No. 1 on the iTunes and earned her Gold Status on Recording Industry of South Africa|RISA.[3] In the same year She won Best African Pop Album at Metro Fm Awards.[4][5]

Her first single on Song Empowerment album titled "Sukundixhesha" has plugged on various radio stations airplay after 1 week released,in 2014.[6][7]

Her single titled "Thandolwethu" single has reached over 300,000 YouTube views. "Ezizweni" single on her third album peaked No. 1 on Metro FM’s Top 40 chart.[8] And her debut single titled "Ndicel'ikiss" peaked number 21 on the radio monitor RAMS charts,recorded under her independent label ASSALI Music. She collaborated with Mobi Dixon on her single "Ezizweni" and "Da Capo on Found You".[9]

Early life and Music career

Gugulethu Khumalo was born on June 27, 1991 in Bulawayo,Zimbabwe [10], in a family of four children and she is the firstborn.[11]

Her parents were both school teachers and she spent many years in Bulawayo and Zhombe with her parents who worked in Rio Tinto.[12] She attended Nketa Primary school and Greenfield Primary Schools in Zhombe.[13]

In early 2012, Her family later migrated to New Zealand and later moved her to South Africa to pursue her tertiary education at Walter Sisulu University located in the Eastern Cape.

After she came back to South Africa to enroll her studies at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University|NMU in Bachelor of Commerce degree and graduated,on other side she started doing started her musical career while she was at school.

Career

Early life and Career beginnings

At her earlier age she participated in the choir at their local church in Zhombe and after she learned how to play the piano, her love for music was born.

She wrote a few songs and bought a guitar for herself at the age of 18. Her parents were against promptly devotion of music and decided to sent her back to their homeland in Zimbabwe to study.

2013:Conquering Spirit

In 2013, She released her first debut album Conquering Spirit, which earned Gold status with sales of 15,000 copies and peaked at No. 1 on the iTunes few weeks after release.

Discography

  • Conquering Spirit (2013)
  • Berita (2017)
  • The Key of Love (2020)

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Catergory Results Template:Abbrv
2017 ECMA Best female Won [14]
2013 Metro Fm Music Awards Best African pop album Won [15]
2015 South African Afro Music Awards Rising Star of the year Nominated
Wawela Music Awards Songwriter of the year Won [16][17][18]
2016 Zimbabwe Achievers Awards|ZAA SA Music artist of the year Nominated [19][20]
2019 Nominated [21]

References

  1. Peter Kinuthia (21 July 2020). "Berita (Gugulethu Khumalo) bio: Age, life story, boyfriend, parents"". briefly.co.za.
  2. Leisure Reporter (7 July 2013). "One on one with Gugulethu 'Berita' Khumalo's mom - Bulawayo24 News". bulawayo24.
  3. "The Rise of Zimbabwean Music Star". voazimbabwe. 15 November 2014.
  4. "Interview With Berita". youthvillage.
  5. Mamela Gowa (5 November 2014). "Berita finishes 2nd album". dispatchlive.
  6. "Berita releases a music video for Sukundixhesha". mediaupdate.co.za. 6 July 2015.
  7. Mpho Tshikhudo (22 October 2014). "Berita on her biggest achievement of 2014 | Drum". News24. South Africa.
  8. "Berita reveals Tracklist + Album Cover for her upcoming album 'BERITA'| Yomzansi". yomzansi. 12 May 2017.
  9. 24 June 2019. "Berita wants her music to heal souls – The Chronicle". chronicle.
  10. "Berita Khumalo -Pindula". pindula.
  11. "The background and the story behind Berita | BEATMagazineSA". beatmagazinesa.co.za.
  12. Gibbs Dube (14 November 2014). "Rising Zimbabwe Music Star Releases New Album". voazimbabwe.com.
  13. "Xhosas claim her . . . as she takes South Africans by storm – The Chronicle". chronicle.
  14. "Berita wins Best Female at the Eastern Cape Music Awards". News24. South Africa. 1 March 2017.
  15. "2013 Metro FM Music Awards: The winners". channel24.co.za. 25 February 2013.
  16. "Berita won Songwriter of The Year at the Wawela Music Awards-SA Music Magazine". samusicmag.co.za.
  17. "Berita wins Songwriter of the Year – The Chronicle". chronicle. 3 July 2015.
  18. "Berita Wins Songwriter Of The Year - Youth Village". youthvillage.co.za.
  19. "Berita named Music Artist of the Year at the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards". mediaupdate.co.za. 10 November 2015.
  20. "ICYMI: SA Zimbabwe Achievers 2016 Awards Full Nominees List - Youth Village Zimbabwe". youthvillage.
  21. Tinashe Mukono (11 February 2019). "ZimAchievers Awards South Africa announces 2019 Nominees".

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