Wezi (musician)

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Wezi
Wezi heartsound.jpg
Background information
Birth nameVictoria Wezi Mhone
Also known asWezi HeartSound
Born (1992-05-25) 25 May 1992 (age 26)
Ndola, Zambia
OriginNdola, Zambia
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
  • Vocals.
  • Guitar.


Years active2012–present
Labels
  • Elation Entertainment
  • Bizzy Baila International
  • MOJO Music
Associated acts

Victoria Wezi Mhone (born 25 May 1992), known in music circles as Wezi or Wezi HeartSound, is a Zambian singer and songwriter. She rose to fame in 2016 after releasing her debute EP-Uhai which won her the 2016 new artist of the year at the Zambian music awards[2][3][4]

Early Life[edit]

Wezi is the 2nd born daughter in a family of 4 from her parents pastor Royce chanje and the late Apostle Simon Mhone. She was raised by her uncle, her mother elder brother on the Copperbelt province in Ndola, Zambia. She attended North Rise basic school where she was the president of CHONGOLOLO CLUB and the leader of scripture Union. She attended and completed high school at Dominican convent secondary school where she was an active member of the drama club, Keep fit club & the president of Young Christian students (YCS). In 2013, she was enrolled into the school of humanities and social sciences at the University of Zambia.[5]

Music Career[edit]

Wezi officially signed her first record deal in 2013 with Bizzy Baila International which was co owned by Tsean and Tbwoy-Tbizzy.Under bizzy baila international, she released 3 singles Ambuya, Nipulumuseni and Tichitenji which was produced by T-Sean.[6] She opted out of her contract in 2014 and later signed on to Vibrant media where she recorded several songs but non was released. Shortly after her deal with vibrant media, she joined MOJO Music where she was only able to release one song after several recordings.In 2016 she released her first EP -Uhia as an independent artist[7] which won her the award for the best new artist at the 2016 Zambian music awards. In 2017, she was nominated for the kora awards.[8] In 2018 she signed on to Elation Entertainment, a Zambian base record label.[9] Wezi took part in the annual Stanbic bank music festival in Zambia in 2016, 2017 and 2018 where she perform alone side rnb group Boyz II Men and award-winning UK-based pop-reggae band UB40, Joe Thomas and Brian McKnight.[10][11][12] In march of 2018 she performed at the Lake of Stars Festival(LoS) held in London and Glasgow Scotland as a headline act alongside the likes of Frightened Rabbits(England), M.anifest(Ghana), Faith Musa(Malawi).[13] She later performed at the Harare International Arts Festival (HIFA) in Zimbabwe held between 1st and 6th of May.[14]

Humanitarian Work[edit]

In 2016 she attended the African Union summit and later on in the same year was appointed by the late Minister of Gender as Gender's ambassador on the campaigns against early child marriages & Gender based violence.[15]Wezi serve as advocate for conservation of natural water sources after taking part in the 2017 World Wide Fund for Natural ( WWF) Journey of water.[16]

Album[edit]

2016 Uhia EP[17]

Single[edit]

  • Ambuya
  • Tichitenji
  • Nipulumuseni
  • Nthenda (featuring Jay Rox)
  • Maplanga na nsimbi
  • Translate
  • Nyimbo Zako
  • Umung'O (featuring Mumba Yachi)
  • Anagaila (cover with Kantu & Bombshell)
  • Tiwepo
  • Nikukonda
  • Munanitema (featuring cleo icequeen)

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://zambianeye.com/introducing-wezi-and-her-beautiful-afrosoul-melodies/
  2. ^ "Zambia : 2016 Mosi Zambia Music Awards Winners". 30 April 2016.
  3. ^ "The Zambian Music Awards 2016 Recap". 12 May 2016.
  4. ^ http://zmcharts.com/wezi-on-sexual-harassment-in-the-zambian-music-industry/
  5. ^ "Wezi Biography  - Zambianplay". 14 March 2017.
  6. ^ https://allafrica.com/stories/201505240080.html
  7. ^ "Zambia : Wezi Launches 1st Solo Project "Uhai"". 3 February 2016.
  8. ^ "WEZI NOMINATED FOR KORA AWARDS WEEKLY TOP 20 - Zed Hype Mag". 10 April 2017.
  9. ^ Editor, Online. "Elation record label signs 7 musicians in Pictures - Lusaka Voice". www.lusakavoice.com.
  10. ^ "Zambia : Boyz II Men pledge an exciting Stanbic Music Festival". 22 September 2017.
  11. ^ https://www.lusakatimes.com/2018/10/08/joe-thomas-and-brian-mcknight-delivered-unforgettable-performances-at-the-stanbic-music-festival/
  12. ^ https://www.stanbicbank.co.zm/Zambia/Stanbic-and-Lafarge-Cement-their-Partnership-over-2017-Music-Festival
  13. ^ "London, Glasgow to host Lake of Stars Fest". 6 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Wezi Heartsound Band". HIFA.
  15. ^ http://www.daily-mail.co.zm/wezi-goes-back-in-studio/
  16. ^ http://www.journeyofwater.wwfzambia.org.zm/water-champions.html
  17. ^ "Home - ZMUSIC Portal". www.musicportal.co.


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