Twenty-six-year-old Urban Groover, Enock Guni also known as ‘Nox’ recently registered his urban groove promoting company Urban Entertainment in South Africa.
The Midrand-based singer said in an interview said that he did not have any beefs with other musicians and no matter how much others make it a publicity stunt it was bad for his image.
TS (Tinashe Sibanda): Where do you come from?
EG (Enock Guni): I come from Zaka in Masvingo and I grew up in Kuwadzana, Harare.
TS: When did you discover your talent?
NG: I discovered that I could sing in 2002 when I went to a reality music show called Superstar 2002 where I reached the top 40 out of 800 participants. I competed against the likes of Eric Cox, Thabo Mhlotshwa, Ngoni Kambarami and Carol Utaunashe but I had to drop out because the competition dates clashed with my A-Level exams.
TS: How many albums have you released since you got into the spotlight in 2004?
EG: I’ve released four albums namely Wandipengesa in 2004, Rhythm and Blues in 2006, Chapter 3 in 2008 which had the popular James Chimombe track Kudakwashe and my fourth album which is the most current is called Music, Love and Me and it was produced in South Africa.
TS: Tell me more about your recent album.
NG: It features love tracks like Garandichauya, Iwe Rudo, Ndavenaye, and Wandinoda, the track which was the first ever African compilation by Sony Africa.
TS: Which other musicians have you featured in the album?
NG: It features P Square and 2Face of Nigeria, K’naan, Jozi of
South Africa, Kmillian and 10 other young urban contemporary musicians from all over Africa.
TS: Are you working on anything new?
NG: Yes, my fifth project which will be titled Zim’s Finest: Tisu Tine Yese, with tracks like Ini Ndada and Tanakira which has already been released with two remixes featuring Shynedingz and Tyzel from South Africa and is also currently being played on YouTube.
TS: Which urban groovers have you worked with?
NG: I have worked with Alexio Kawara, XQ, Leonard Mapfumo, Roki, Cindy, Diana, Tererai, Trinta, Trevor Dongo, Maskiri and Blush amongst others. I was also putting together a song with the late Sam Mtukudzi before he passed on, and I will be releasing this song sometime next year, and it is called Tsiura nerudo.
TS: Tell me about your new company?
NG: Urban Entertainment has 3 sub-companies, Urban Music factory which is a recording studio (audio & visual),Urban Events Management which organises events, from concerts, weddings, parties and corporate functions and Urban Swagger Wear (USW) which specialises in urban fashion from head to toe and accessories.
TS: Who inspires you?
NG: I am inspired by the works of Alexio Kawara, I have always looked at him as a great vocalist, song writer and I used to listen to him way before I started singing and internationally I like R.Kelly, Trey Songz & Drake.
TS: Do you have any professional qualifications?
NG: Yes, I have an honors degree in Marketing Management and I’m in my final year for the Masters degree and I am currently a Business Development Executive for a training and recruitment company in Midrand.
TS: Where did you learn?
NG: I did my primary school at Kuwadzana 2 primary, secondary school I went to Ellis Robins High school in Mabelreign, for my A-Levels I went to Morgan High School in Braeside and then The Midlands State University in Gweru and now I am with the University of South Africa.
TS: How many are you in your family?
NG: We are 6 in our family Martin, me, Gabriel, Tafadzwa, Tinashe and Tendai the only girl.
TS: Are you married?
NG: I am single but attached.
TS: What message would you send to your fans in Zimbabwe?
NG: Urban Grooves is here to stay and with your support we will reach dizzy heights because where there is a will, there is a way and what one man has done, another man can do.