Musician/Entrepreneur: Assali Music
Berita is a Multi-award winning, gold selling, Afrosoul singer, songwriter and guitarist. She was introduced to South Africa through a stunning debut with the now classic ballad ‘Thandolwethu
in 2012, Born Gugulethu Khumalo, she adopted the stage name Berita, her mother’s name, in honour of her mother and all courageous and strong African women. Born and raised in Zimbabwe to the circular sounds of Oliver Mtukudzi, Brenda Fassie and Mafikizolo, Berita developed love for African music from a tender age. Due to the economic difficulties in the mid 2000s, Berita immigrated with her family to New Zealand where her parents sought greener pastures and
found work as dairy farmers. The inherent challenges of living in the diaspora as a first generation immigrant inspired Berita to return back home with a clearer vision and voice.
Yearning to sing her heart out and express her pride as a young African girl-child, Berita discovered the guitar and songwriting. Her musical journey began in 2012 after leaving New Zealand to come and study in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Equipped with just a guitar and her dreams, within no time Berita went from performing at community events around the Eastern Cape to releasing a stellar debut album.