Another Roki, Mampi duet on the cards


HARARE – Former Big Brother Africa participants Roki and Mampi, who are both musicians, will stage a potentially explosive duet during the Harare International Festival of Arts (Hifa) which begins at the end of this month.

This is not the first time Mampi whose real name is Mirriam Mukape and Rockford Josphats better known as Roki have performed as a duo.

Last year they collaborated on a song, Go Crazy which topped the local charts for several weeks.

Roki then went to Zambia in July where the twosome reportedly gave an enthralling performance.

Roki’s manager Bybit Areketa is delighted by Roki and Mampi’s chance to showcase their talents on the big stage.

“Naturally we are excited and Roki is over the moon,” said Areketa.

“Hifa is big. It is an international festival and performing there is a big deal for any artiste. We will be finalising everything on Friday with Hifa, but it is really exciting and it means great things will be happening in Roki’s career,” she said.

Areketa revealed that the two will also do individual performances in addition to the highly-anticipated duet.

“They had a gig in Zambia last year July, obviously they will be infusing some of the stuff that they did there. They will do different individual acts but of course they will collaborate as they have done before,” he said.

She added that Roki is currently working on new projects which will be released in due course.

“Roki is a perfectionist, we have been working on new stuff but he wants it all to be perfect before being released so we will inform Zimbabweans when he is satisfied,” she said.

Roki’s career has been weighed down by a bad boy image.

He is widely regarded as one of the most vocally-gifted musicians and arguably the best in the urban grooves category.

Chidzoka is perhaps his most popular song.

His other hits include Seiko (a duet with Leonard Mapfumo), Suzanna, Jordan, and Ndoda.

Roki will be teaming up at Hifa with an artiste who is at the top of her game.

Mampi’s career seems to have gone into top gear since her appearance in Big Brother.

Nick-named Thunder Thighs in the Big Brother house for her dance moves, Mampi stole Africa’s hearts during her stint on the reality show.

Big Brother has opened new doors for her outside her beloved Zambia.

She has attempted to profit from her popularity on Big Brother by touring many African countries.

She was recently in Malawi and before that Nigeria.

Mampi who claims to have been inspired by her fans to enter Big Brother, describes herself “as a diva who is spontaneous, unpredictable and sexy”.

The Zambian musician fuses Kwaito, Reggae with her favourite R ‘n’ B.

Her 2005 debut album Malozi made her a household name in Zambia.

The chart-topping hit song Walilowelela has been a favourite of many Zimbabweans at weddings and parties.

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