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Entertainment - Date: 05 August 2018
Written by: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho / Viewed: 7500
The 28-year-old praise singer, Vendaboy Poet, who recently made headlines in national and community newspapers when he praised President Cyril Ramaphosa aboard a British Airways flight, has just released his début poetry album.
The album, Ndi Nnyi, comprises 13 poems. “I've been composing, writing and reciting original poems to a wide range of audiences who always said they were thirsty for my poetry compilation,” he said. “Today, here I am releasing this poetry album, so that they can have a CD, which they will own and listen to the poems in their own time.”
The poems are Muphuresidente (intro), Mbofholowo, Ndi murendi, Mafhungo a vhukuma, Muphuresidente, Kutama, Muladzashango, Fhulufhelo, Zwa lufuno, Poverty, Heli shango, and Ndi Nnyi. In most poems he features artists such as Fizzy, Vicious, Given Mama's Boy, OVM, Batondy, Khali, and Mike.
“Featuring other artists only shows that you value art as an artist and that you believe in sharing, harmony and unity.”
He thanked his pastor, Mr NA Mudau (Apostle Muladzashango), for helping him to realise his dream of having a studio-recorded album of his poems. “Pastor Mudau prophesied that I would praise the President, and when the time came for me to praise the President, I felt so awed by the fulfilment of the prophecy. I also thank Pastor Vhutshilo Mabuda, who recruited me to join Pastor Mudau's True Worshippers Christian Centre.”
Vendaboy, who was born Lutendo Mugagadeli, said that the release of his poetry album was only the beginning of more new and good tidings that were to follow his talent. “Just watch this space – and you'll soon join in and celebrate the beauty of South Africa with me,” he said.
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The inner cover of Ndi Nnyi by Vendaboy Poet.
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.