Nox relishes Mukanya match-up
HARARE – South Africa-based urban groover Enock ‘Nox’ Guni is delighted to be the supporting act of Zimbabwe music legend Thomas Mapfumo’s show in the United Kingdom next month.
Guni and the exiled music legend are scheduled to share the stage between May 24 and 26 in Leicester and Chester where Mukanya, as Mapfumo is known by his fans, is expected to launch his keenly-awaited album World on Fire.
The Ndinonyara hit-maker could not hide his excitement on being paired with the Chimurenga guru in a show that has been dubbed The Explosion of Two Generations.
“It is a great feeling to be performing alongside Mukanya,” Nox told the Daily News yesterday.
“I grew up listening to his music and have always enjoyed it. It is a great honour to be performing alongside such a living music legend.”
Nox added that being Mukanya’s supporting act is a sign that his career is taking an upward swing.
“Mukanya is an international musician and it is good and encouraging to the share stage with artistes of Mukanya’s calibre. It means I am being also recognised as an international artiste. More importantly, the world is now recognising urban grooves music,” he said.
Zimbabwe music fans in the United Kingdom are particularly looking forward to the launch of Mukanya’s album during The Explosion of Two Generations shows.
The Chimurenga legend, who had previously resisted releasing new material due to rampant music piracy in Zimbabwe, changed his stance after performing before passionate fans in London and Leicester last month.
The Zimbabwean musician said the album title World on Fire reflects the various problems affecting many countries in the world.
“It is an album that looks at serious problems affecting the world; the world is really on fire,” said Mapfumo.
The 68-year-old artiste’s independent label Chimurenga Music will market the album in Zimbabwe while South African company Sheer Sound will handle distribution in South Africa.
“I had talks with Sheer Sound late last year and am positive we will strike a deal. We hope to identify other distributors elsewhere.”
Mapfumo, now based in Oregon in the United States of America left Zimbabwe nine years ago and has not been in Zimbabwe in the last five years.
A group of Zimbabweans who include Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara and businessman Philip Chiyangwa are working on plans to bring back the exiled Zimbabwean songmaster whose music career spans over 40 years to Zimbabwe for a series of joint shows with fellow superstar Oliver Mtukudzi possibly in July. – Vasco Chaya and Kaleen Gombera