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Vusa Mkhaya Honored with the Willi Resetarits Preis in Austria

Vienna, Austria – April 21, 2024

In a celebration of artistic originality and social commitment, Vusa Mkhaya, the renowned musician, composer, and choreographer, has been awarded the prestigious Willi Resetarits Preis. Established by the city of Vienna in honor of the esteemed artist Willi Resetarits, this award recognizes individuals who not only excel in their artistic endeavors but also use their platform to advocate for meaningful social change. The announcement, made in 2023, marked the inception of an annual tradition, with Mkhaya being the inaugural recipient in 2024.

By Plot Mhako

The award ceremony, held last night at the Flüchtlingsball in Vienna, Austria, was a testament to Mkhaya’s remarkable contributions to both the arts and social activism. In his heartfelt acceptance speech, Mkhaya humbly acknowledged the support of countless individuals who have played a pivotal role in shaping his artistic journey. He emphasized the significance of community collaboration, echoing the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” For Mkhaya, this accolade symbolizes not just his personal achievements but the collective effort of all those who have supported him along the way.


The Willi Resetarits Preis aims to honor musicians or bands who demonstrate a strong commitment to social causes through their music. Beyond the recognition, the award includes a prize of ten thousand euros, further empowering recipients to continue their impactful work. Mkhaya’s selection as the inaugural awardee underscores his decades-long dedication to using music as a tool for social change.

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For over thirty years, Mkhaya from Zimbabwe has been an integral part of Vienna’s vibrant arts and culture scene. Through his socially conscious songs, he addresses pressing global issues, sparking conversations and inspiring action through his powerful melodies. Mkhaya’s work reflects the ethos of “Ubuntu,” a Southern African philosophy centered on interconnectedness and collective responsibility. With themes of mutual support, empathy, and compassion woven into his music, Mkhaya’s art transcends borders, resonating with audiences worldwide.


As the recipient of the inaugural Willi Resetarits Preis, Vusa Mkhaya stands as a beacon of artistic excellence and social advocacy. His enduring commitment to using music as a force for positive change serves as an inspiration to fellow artists and activists alike, embodying the transformative power of art in shaping a more just and compassionate world.



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Made by Kuda (MADE IN ZWE)
A gift to Plot Mhako and the earGROUND vision.
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