Vusi Ximba’s daughter earns Master’s Degree studying his music

By Bheki Mbanjwa

Vusi Ximba’s daughter earns Master of Arts Degree for her research analysing the storytelling tactics used by the late musician.

Nonjabulo Ximba the daughter of the late legendary musician Vusi Ximba, was ecstatic to graduate from UKZN with her Master of Arts degree which she wrote in isiZulu.

In her dissertation, she analyses storytelling tactics used by her father in his music as a way of paying homage to him.

Ximba believes that her father is one of the arts innovators who demonstrated huge talent in music by employing a variety of techniques to present his work to the public.

“I did this research on him simply because no thorough research has been conducted on him despite his talent and popularity,” says Ximba.

Vusi Ximba’s daughter Nonjabulo

“His genre and style are indigenous. He rose from playing his music in taxi ranks and on the streets of several towns. And when everyone thought his story would be one of those that ends without success.

“He rose from the ashes and carved a name for himself, recording several hits that I have used in my research analysis,” she said.

Ximba’s findings indicate that ‘while some listeners thought Vusi’s music is profane, musical experts have concluded that it is in fact very humorous.

And touches on subjects very few musicians dare to explore, including sex, prostitution, promiscuous men of the cloth, witchcraft, lies and dishonesty.

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The findings also show that while Vusi and his music did not receive the same acclaim as other artists, There is something to be learned from his body of work and notable talent.

Speaking about her support system, Ximba said her mother was her rock. “My mother Thembisile Nhlangulela took care of all the home chores and kids without complaining.

“In times where I did not get access to certain songs, she would go and ask neighbours on my behalf.

“Most of my dad’s songs are no longer available at music stores. Her excitement about the study made me realise that I need to keep on pushing no matter the challenges,”.

Ximba advised other researchers to build a support system and also make use of them. There is a high level of independent research that one has to undertake in order to grasp the concepts being taught.

Planning is the key. Ximba plans to pursue her PhD in the future and to publish her research.

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