By Edward Tsumele, CITYLIFE/ARTS Editor
Afro soul Vusi Nova’s iconic song Asiphelelanga, which featured isiXhosa praise singer poet and became a huge success a few years ago, is now assuming another life, and this time several artists are collaborating to have another bigger iteration of this popular song as the celebrate the lives and times of departed musicians.
Those being honoured in this project called Asiphelelanga aVol.1 and which is a legacy project of Muthalnd Foundation include Hugh Masekela, Brenda Fassie, Jabu Khanyile, Sibongile Khumalo, Johnny Clegg, Nana Coyote and 𝐀𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐛𝐨 of Joy fame among others. The Legacy Project features the below Artists, with each Artist performing a song inspired by fallen heroes departed in this world
“The project sees various artists contributing in the 49 songs that have been recorded, and three of them arr to be released in this first iteration of Asiphelelanga Vol.1.
Some of the artists who have contributed their vocals in the project are Vusi Nova, Ntando, Ishmael, Malik, 047, Hush, Phindi, T Phoenix and Ntsika. The project will be available on all Digital Stores.
Death can never kill an idea. Music continues to live in the hearts of humans throughout the history of time, carrying and transporting ideas that outlive the sands of time.
It was just yesterday when we sang and chanted 𝗔𝘀𝗽𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗮 with 𝗩𝘂𝘀𝗶 𝗡𝗼𝘃𝗮, in memory of those we lost. Little did we know that a Pandemic was on its way to further take away loved ones from the face of the earth.
Yes indeed 𝗔𝘀𝗽𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗮, as our hearts bleed our minds remember and never forget, using 𝗠𝗨𝗦𝗜𝗖 as a tool to heal. Thus, 𝗠𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱 Foundation is launching 𝗔𝗦’𝗣𝗛𝗘𝗟𝗘𝗟𝗔𝗡𝗚𝗔 𝗩𝗢𝗟. 𝟭, a musical piece by Various Artists, dedicated to keeping the legacy of those who left us.
Over 49 songs have been recorded we have chosen 8 singles to be released from the 4th to the 28th February 2022.
The first volume #AsphelelangeVol1 will be released on 18 March 2022. This project pays tribute to the fallen heroes who inspired our lives with Music, such as 𝐇𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐌𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐤𝐞𝐥𝐚, 𝐑𝐚𝐲 𝐏𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐢 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐍𝐚𝐧𝐚 𝐂𝐨𝐲𝐨𝐭𝐞 (𝐒𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐥𝐚), 𝐒𝐢𝐛𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐥𝐞 𝐊𝐡𝐮𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐨, 𝐉𝐨𝐡ny 𝐂𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐠, 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐚 𝐅𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐞, 𝐉𝐚𝐛𝐮 𝐊𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐢𝐥𝐞, 𝐍𝐞𝐲𝐢 𝐙𝐢𝐦𝐮, 𝐀𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐛𝐨 (JOY), *Lebo Mathosa*, *Miriam Makeba* just to name but a few. Without forgetting the likes of 𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞, 𝐌𝐚𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐆𝐢𝐛𝐛 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐑𝐨𝐛𝐢𝐧 𝐆𝐢𝐛𝐛 (𝐁𝐞𝐞 𝐆𝐞𝐞𝐬), who also touched our lives from overseas.
As we enter a new phase and write a new chapter lest we forget the Music that shaped us,” says Muthalnd Foundation in a statement.