The place to be on Wednesday night was at Afro-soul crooner, Vusi Nova’s third album launch.
Naninina, the singer’s latest offering, was officially unveiled at a secret and private residence in Morningside, Sandton. The Port Elizabeth born muso’s poolside launch party attracted a strong media contingent and a few familiar faces such as Somizi Mhlongo, who was the event’s designated host on the night.
Other familiar faces in attendance included personalities such as former Boomshaka band member Theo, Isidingo’s Siso Hewana, Kalawa’s Busiswa, Nomvula singer Nathi and I Deserve crooner Donald.
After playing second fiddle to his label mate and close collaborator, Nathi, for the better part of 2015 and 2016, Nova will be hoping for the spotlight to fall on him with the release of what has been termed his best album yet.
African time prevailed over the ceremony’s suggested starting time of 6pm as the party failed to take off in time and instead started just after 9pm. To hide their frustration, guests helped themselves to free food and the waters of mortality that were in abundance.
A bevy of traditional chanters and singers called The Xhosa Nostras, led by poet Jessica Mbangeni, acted as Nova’s praise singers, just before the man of the moment waltzed in and gave guests a sneak peak into his new album.
Emerging from the back of the hired out mansion, Nova dressed in a white shirt and white pants gave a spirited performance of his hit song, Thandiwe. Nova was accompanied by a young saxophonist and new Muthaland artist, Bongani Radebe.
This rendition of the song seemed to ease the cold from the pool area where most of the action for the night took place. A big let down during the snippet showcase was the sound glitches.
However, the singer went on to briefly sample the crowd with other songs from the album before the formalities folded. After a brief hiatus from the free-flowing booze, the real fun at the bar and in the lounges of the spacious private abode began once more as guests went on with the business of the day – enjoying a selection of their favourite beverages.
Nova described his latest album as his most emotional and personal album yet. “This album for me is the most personal in the sense that I lost both my parents.
The title track of the album, Naninina, is my tribute to them. I put my mother through hell for a couple of years with my drug problem and I am thanking them for having put up with me through the song. “I recently broke up from a three-year relationship.
The past three months have been a heartache. So yeah, I bare my soul on this album,” the man of the moment said. His manager and founder of Ghetto Ruff now Muthaland Entertainment, Lance Stehr, also hyped up the album as Nova’s best work yet. Stehr said: “Nova has had a time to reflect and dig deeper and do some major soul searching.”