Afro soul musician

Zimbabwean-born Gugugulethu Khumalo, better known as Berita, is an award-winning African singer, songwriter and guitarist.

Gugu Khumalo - conquering the continent.
Gugu Khumalo – conquering the continent.

Born in Bulawayo, she did her high school in New Zealand and came to South Africa in 2011 to study Financial Information Systems at Walter Sisulu University in the Eastern Cape.

Her songs are inspired by the reality of life. They focus on the challenges young girls face growing up, and the awareness of African heroes and endurance.

“My songs are fuelled by love, pain, heartbreak and hopes that my motion is unstoppable. My music depicts modern day African Pride and my guitar filled rhythms and mostly self-penned compositions of hypnotic heart and soul remedy,” Khumalo told The Zimbabwean.

In 2012, she released her debut album called Conquering Spirit. Fuelled by heart-breaking soul the main single Thandolwethu received airplay on local and international radio stations.

“My biggest dream is to become a voice that stands for growth, development and success of African women,” says the singer, who hollds a diploma in Financial Information Systems.

In 2010 she shared the stage with Salif Kaita at FNB Soccer City, Johannesburg, in a Buyelekhaya Pan African music festival. In 2013 she was nominated for Best African Pop Album and Best Contemporary Jazz Album at Metro Music Awards in South Africa.

“The biggest highlight of my career came in 2013 where I performed at the Commonwealth Women’s conference held in East London, where more than 20 African female parliamentarians attended,” said Khumalo.

In 2013 she also won the Best African Pop Album at Metro Awards and was the youngest singer invited by Oliver Mtukudzi to his tribute concert in Harare where many African legends artists attended.She was also nominated for Best Afro Soul Artist at the 8th annual SATMAs. She has shared stage with Angelique Kidjo, Kenny Lattimore, Vusi Mahlasela, Dorothy Masuka and Ringo Madlingozi and toured Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Senegal.

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