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Roki joins the Zahara train


Urban grooves musician Rockford “Roki” Josphats has been added to the list of local musicians who will perform at the Zahara tour scheduled for August 10 and 11.

Tawanda Chingara of Hardcore World Entertainment yesterday told NewsDay that Roki was the latest addition to the line-up of local performers to curtain raise for the South African jazz diva.

Zahara is expected to perform at The Fusion at Borrowdale Racecourse in Harare on August 10 and Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo the following day.

“We are trying to spice up the event with various genres and styles. I think bringing Roki to the tour is a brilliant idea because he is the man of the moment in his circles,” said Chingara.

Chingara said he was delighted that all artists to perform during the tour would be backed by live bands.

“Live bands are proof that an artist is serious and I think this is a warning to all urban groovers out there that are used to using backtracks to go a gear up.”

Roki’s new fame follows his participation in the reality show, Big Brother StarGame, from which he was disqualified with fellow Zimbabwean representative Maneta Mazanhi.

Bybit Areketa, Roki’s manager, yesterday said the artist was on top of the game as evidenced by the performances that he has had since he came back from the Big Brother house.

“Performing with a live band gives him mileage over his peers and it is good that he will be releasing his single with Zambian urban groover Mampi, whom he met at the reality show,” said Areketa.

“The song is titled I’ll go crazy.It is highly expected after Roki’s tour of Zambia last week where they performed the song to a wowed crowd.”

Meanwhile, Delta Beverages Global Brands manager Rumbie Dzimba has said her company would host a pre-party for the tour at The Fusion tomorrow.

She said Delta Beverages had come on board with its Redd’s brand to celebrate exploits of women on the continent.

“Redd’s is partnering with Hardcore World Entertainment, not only to give consumers well-deserved world-class entertainment, but to also celebrate Zahara’s success in scooping eight South African Music Awards with her debut album Loliwe in May this year,” said Dzimba.

The list of local performers includes Winky D, Alexio Kawara, Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana and Diana Samkange, among others.

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