Bhekumuzi Luthuli

Bhekumuzi Luthuli (13 July 1961 - 7 April 2010) was a well known South African Maskandi musician. Born in Kwa-Maphumulo, near the Kwa-Zulu Natal town of Stanger, he started making traditional Zulu music on a home-made guitar. In the early 1980s, he joined the Mbaqanga band Oshimi, based in Durban. After two albums with the group, Luthuli embarked on a successful solo career. His second and third solo releases, Unembeza and Wongikhonzela Enhliziyweni, won OKTV awards, and were followed by another 17 albums. Impempe attained platinum status, selling over 50,000 copies.[1]

Bhekumuzi Luthuli
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Background information
Birth nameBhekumuzi Luthuli
Born(1961-07-13)July 13, 1961
KwaMaqumbi, KwaMaphumulo, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
DiedApril 7, 2010(2010-04-07) (aged 48)
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, Republic of South Africa
GenresMaskandi
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1980–2010

After 23 albums with over a million sales, in February 2010 he released Imali YabeLungu, which reached gold status in just one week and the title track won a SATMA 2011 award in the category of best song.[2]

DiscographyEdit

studio albumsEdit

  • Uzoyidel' Inkani (1988)
  • Wongikhonzela Enhliziyweni (1989)
  • Ngizokwala Uzokhala (1990)
  • Unembeza (1991)
  • Ngizokwala Uzokhala (1992)
  • Ubuyile (1992)
  • Ziph' Ezakho (1993)
  • Ngidedele (1994)
  • Iphupho (1995)
  • Impatha (1996)
  • Afrika Hlangana (1996)
  • Dear Msakazi (1997)
  • Umaliyavuza (1998)
  • Incwadi (1999)
  • Phaphiyosi (2000)
  • Khokha (2001)
  • Igazi Lami (2002)
  • Udumo Lwakhe (2003)
  • A.T.M (2004)
  • Impempe (2005)
  • Inkinga Ngu R7 (2006)
  • Unembeza (2008)
  • 1818 (2008)
  • Imali Yabelungu (2010)
  • Isipho (The Gift) (2011)

DeathEdit

Luthuli died aged 48 at McCord Hospital, Durban,[3] after struggling for several weeks with the after-effects of a stroke.[4] He was posthumously nominated for the 2012 18th South African Music Awards in the categories of Male Artist of the Year and Best Traditional Music Album for his last release, Isipho (Gift).

RivalryEdit

Luthuli was engaged for some time in a musical rivalry with fellow Maskanda singer Thokozani Langa.[5] The dispute is the subject of Langa's album entitled Phuma Kimi.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bhekumuzi Luthuli". whoswhosa.co.za. Archived from the original on 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
  2. ^ "Bhekumuzi Luthuli". Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  3. ^ "Bhekumuzi Luthuli Sadly passed away this morning at 10H15AM at McCord Hospital KZN - Times Media Group". avusa.co.za. Archived from the original on 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-26. Retrieved 2013-05-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)[_id]=38612
  5. ^ http://www.mio.co.za/print-version/luthuli-and-thokozani-langa-end-war-of-words-2009-04-06
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-02-15. Retrieved 2012-04-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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