What makes a musical artist? Is it the harmonies that live in their heads, the natural gift or the team they build around them?
Wezi Mhone is one great artist who has been built by every experience. She first appeared on the scene as a giggly student with a raspy voice and a sunny smile. At shows she belted out covers whole heartedly and gradually became a delight for most live music connoisseurs. The biggest highlight in the infancy of her music career was her opening for Zahara and sharing an emotional artistic moment with the South African ambassador of Afro Soul. Wezi can also be remembered for her appearance on the Airtel Trace Music Star competition where she emerged as first runner up.
A lot has happened since then. From the sidelines we can see that she has matured, both personally and artistically. Her afro-soul sound guarantees hits and has struck a chord with people of all ages and backgrounds. Her current album Uhai is an easy listen with each song resonating deeply.
We can attribute some of Wezi’s success and rich development to who she surrounds herself with; her team.
The Heart Sound Band is formed by seven artists who hold immense experience with musical legends and the craft of live performance. The band was founded by Wezi and it is led by Given Keys a gifted keyboard player and song writer. Given Keys works together with Joshua Lungu the drummer, ADKN, Zikxx, Super Cooper and Leslie and Taonga the two vocalists. Comprehensively the band has worked with Wezi for a year but they have prior experience with prominent acts; Angela Nyirenda, Maureen Lilanda, Jay Rox, Nasty D and Moses Sakala. They have also had the honour of sharing great stages with artists like UB40, Oliver Mtukudzi, Rumbi, Fally Ipupa, Zahara and Werrason.
Wezi also works with Wakumelo; a makeup artists affiliated to FXAFRICA, a special effects organisation from Nigeria as well as Zangose of ZieZie Designs. Together, they are responsible for bringing out Wezi’s beauty and rare soul through makeup and fashion design.
It is undeniable that Wezi is a star on the rise. Her music enlightens, inspires and Tiwepo, the fresh hit from the Uhai album is doing very well on Trace TV Africa. The beauty of working together is truly manifest with Wezi and the Heart Sound Band; together, they support each other, push forward and perform, soaring as the artists they were made to be.