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Vusi Nova Gets Candid On Losing His Mother, His Drug Addiction And Sets The Record Straight On His Relationship With Somizi

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Over the past few years, singing sensation Vusumzi Nongxa, affectionately known to South Africa as Vusi Nova, has cemented himself as one of the most prolific artists in the Afropop and gospel music space.

The singer recently released his highly-anticipated new album ‘NguMama’ which has been met with a positive response from fans and critics around the country. As he celebrates the release of his new musical project, Vusi Nova sat down with seasoned broadcaster Jon Savage on his ‘What’s Your Poison?’ podcast and dished on everything from his early drug use to his relationship with Somizi.

With ‘What’s Your Poison?’, Jon encourages guests to feel like they are chatting to a friend rather than being interviewed. The guests get no introduction, drinks are just poured and Jon’s casual demeanour creates a space where guests feel comfortable enough to let their guard down and open up about topics they may have never spoken about before.

Opening up to Jon on the podcast, Vusi explains that his passion for music started when he moved up to Johannesburg from Port Elizabeth when he was 14 years old to live with his mother. Vusi tells Jon that she wasn’t around much when he was younger and that he was raised by his grandmother. “My mom had me when she was 18 so my grandmother told her ‘You don’t have a kid. You are going to go to school and finish your studies. This is my kid’. Once she finished her studies, she got a job in Johannesburg. She found a place, got a car and got a comfortable space and eventually told my grandmother ‘You have done a fantastic job raising this child. I am now in a position where I can take over’. Then, I moved to Johannesburg to live with my mother.”

The star explains that it was in his teenage years after moving to Johannesburg that his drug addiction started to take flight. “It started with a joint here and there before moving to 20 joints a day and then I went onto Mandrax, crack cocaine, ecstasy and more. I went all the way,” Vusi explains. “I got really addicted to crack cocaine and it went on for years.”

Vusi adds that losing his mother was one of the most difficult times in his life. “I was still doing drugs when my mom passed away. I was 21 at the time and it was then when things got really bad. My mom left me a [lot] of cash when she passed and, as my way of grieving, I spent all of that money,” Vusi explains. He adds that it was only recently that he started speaking about his drug problem and the real reason his mom passed away. “My mother was HIV positive and, for the longest time, I was telling people that she had cancer because I was afraid of how people would label her,” he admits. “That shame made my drug use even more extreme.” The star adds that now that he is clean, he can finally give his mother the honour she deserves and all of the lessons she had taught him have made up the album that he has dedicated to her.

The star has also made headlines because of his unique friendship with Somizi. Many have wondered just how close the two are – and Vusi sets the record straight. “I have known Somizi for 16 years. I met him before I even got into the music industry. He’s so real and supportive,” Vusi explains. “Somizi is one of those genuine people that believes that if you have a dream, no matter how big, you can work towards it and achieve it. His success has been motivation for me to believe this is possible. Somizi is living proof that reaching your dreams is possible.”

Vusi admits that it is not often you find someone you are able to trust with your life and that when you do find someone like this, it’s important to nurture that relationship. “People out there are saying that we are dating but we’re not dating. We have mutual respect for each other and we trust each other a lot,” Vusi tells Jon. “With us, it’s realness all the way. It’s been 16 years now and we’re still going strong.”

Watch the full interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEJkKolVCog

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Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Opens Nominations For 23rd Edition

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The organisers if the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, Charterhouse Ghana, have opened nominations for this year’s edition.

They are therefore calling on all GH artistes, producers, and record labels with works released between Jan 1st – Dec 31st, 2021 to submit your entries for VGMA23 nominations to www.entry.ghanamusicawards.com

See their press release below:

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KiDi, Kuami Eugene To Perform At Indigo At The O₂ In London On March 6

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Lynx Entertainment signees, KiDi and Kuami Eugene are spreading their wings as far as their music careers are concerned.

While their songs are making inroads into other music markets the world over, they are not resting on their laurels in their bid to have a physical presence in those areas.

On 6th March 2022, the two Ghanaian music superstars will be performing at the Indigo at the O2 in London.

KiDi and Kuami Eugene are two of Ghana’s illustrious sons in the music industry who have enjoyed critical and commercial success, less than six years into their music careers.

They have quickly established themselves and have found places in the Highlife and Afrobeats genres.

KiDi, who is currently Vodafone Ghana Music Awards’ Afrobeats Artiste of the Year has released hugely successful singles such as ‘Odo’, ‘Say Cheese’, ‘Enjoyment’ and the 2021 smash hit ‘Touch It’ which went viral on TikTok and spent several weeks on the UK Afrobeats Chart and the Billboard Global Triller Chart.

Kuami Eugene is a four-time Highlife Artist of the Year at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA). He also won the ultimate slot (Artiste of the Year) at the 2020 VGMA.

He is known for hit songs such as ‘Angela’, ‘Confusion’, ‘Wish Me Well’, ‘Open Gate’ and is currently enjoying a lot of success with his massive collaborations such as ‘Happy Day’ (with Sarkodie) and ‘Love Nwantiti’ remix (with Ckay and Joeboy).

Kuami and KiDi are also loved for their riveting stagecraft and have rocked a lot of high-profile stages (both home and abroad).

Click on the link below for all your ticket reservations: https://www.axs.com/uk/events/421801/kidi-and-kuami-eugene-tickets?skin=indigo

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Juliet Ibrahim Collaborates With United Airlines For “A Toast To Life” Book Tour

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Ghanaian actress Juliet Ibrahim teams up with global airline company United Airlines as she is set to tour America with her book ‘A Toast To Life’.

This collaboration comes as Juliet Ibrahim was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential People of African Descent under 40 by MIPAD.

As a Mipadian, The Actress will be working with United Airlines to promote their routes across continents.

Announcing the new partnership via social media, a delighted Juliet, expressed how it will be easier to go on her tour due to the convenience of a direct flight from Ghana and Nigeria to the United States of America.

She wrote; ” Super excited to be collaborating with @united this January as I tour the USA with my book @atoasttolifebook Flying direct from Ghana and Nigeria to Dulles airport is so convenient! Let the globetrotting #2022 begin!!! Thanks to @mipad100 for the connect. #USAtriploading #Traveltheworld #United #MyUnitedJourney”

‘A Toast To Life’ is a highly acclaimed auto-biography detailing how Juliet Ibrahim survived three civil wars and how she lost some family members while her family was trying to escape from rebels. The book also reveals her survival from rape and sexual abuse, the ups and downs of her previous relationships, dealing with self-esteem issues, depression and Motherhood.

‘A Toast To Life’ is available for purchase online on Amazon, Kindle, and in several bookstores.

United Airlines is a major American-owned company that flies direct from Ghana and Nigeria to the United States of America and vice versa. The airline operates a large domestic and international route network spanning cities large and small across the United States and all six inhabited continents. United Airlines is the third-largest airline in the world and the actress turn author is indeed going global.

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