Harare – The career of Zimbabwean musician Roki (Rockford Josphats) has been nothing short of a roller-coaster.
The general consensus has been that the artist is gifted but simply lacks the discipline to maintain momentum. All too often, he has self-destructed and left the stage for less talented singers to grab the spotlight.
After a disgraceful Big Brother Africa stint, in which he was expelled together with Zimbabwean compatriot Maneta Mazanhi, Roki has been rock bottom, notwithstanding intermittent flashes of brilliance such as when he did “Alleluya” with rapper ExQ in 2015.
He has relocated from Harare to the communal backwater of Seke about 60km west of the capital, where he has been rearing chickens.
Until the newly established Passion Java Records came calling for him this year.
After a silence of about five years, Roki has now released two songs – “Uchandifunga” and “Zviriko” in two weeks under Passion Java Records, and both have been big hits.
The love songs were produced by Oskid, who last worked with the musician on Rockford Gold in 2016. That album had decent songs, but they were just not of the star quality expected of Roki.
Now, Passion Java has brought back the Midas touch.
“Zviriko” quickly reached 400,000 views on Youtube. But that is nothing compared to “Uchandifunga”, which reached an astonishing one million views in four days.
But there is unease among fans. Is this one of his intermittent returns or the king is finally here to rule?