UPCOMING urban grooves artist Nikki Magunda (23), will collaborate with a musician from Niger called Issoufou Oumarou “Safia” Aminami.
Report by Sindiso Dube
The musicians will have a duet titled Keep Trying to feature on Nikki’s debut album No matter what to be released later this year.
“The track is about real life situations. It is about encouraging people to face hard times with resilience,” said Nikki.
Safia, a celebrated female guitarist in Niger has made a mark in her country with hit songs such as Africa No 1 and Dans La Vie.
She has also represented her country at a seminary on Hip Hop and Civic engagement last year in the United States of America and this year she has been selected to participate at the Francophonie games to be held in Nice, France in September.
“It will be my first collaboration with a Zimbabwean artist. I do not know what shape it will take, but for me it’s breaking walls that separate West Africa from the South. You don’t know a lot about us and we don’t know a lot about Zimbabwe so it’s the time for the young African generation to break theses walls,” said Safia.
Nikki’s album also features tracks like African Beauty with a Namibian artist known as Pinket Kaunah, and the title track, which is currently doing well on the local airwaves.
“The album will also feature well established urban grooves artists like Knox and Shinso and Dj Mbale, and it’s a great working with these guys and doing stuff with them is my stepping stone as far as my career is concerned,” said Nikki.
Nikki recently signed for Chigutiro Records and the deal is paying off as he will perform in South Africa courtesy of the label.
Nikki was born in Mutare and grew up in Mufakose, Harare. He started singing in the church choir and at the moment he is studying towards a degree in Human Resource Management at Midlands State University.