Urban Grooves: Singer Roki Josphat reveals the painful truth


Roki Josphat, an urban contemporary musician in Zimbabwe, feels that the contribution of urban grooves music is not being appreciated enough. He believes urban grooves came from a place of uncertainty and discovery. This is reflected in songs like Waenda by Tererai Mugwadi and Zuva Rimwe by Cynthia Mare.

In an interview with H-Metro, Roki said something went wrong along the way. He said urban grooves did a lot for the local music industry and helped give birth to other genres. Roki believes genres like Zimbabwean dancehall and hip hop would not exist without the urban grooves movement.

Roki said music from that generation seemed to have a longer shelf life. He said urban grooves birthed Zimbabwean dancehall and hip hop, and he is happy that some people they inspired became famous acts.

Roki feels they should inspire and give birth to more music if possible. He notes that urban grooves was used to create the urban styles of music currently popular.

Roki intends to continue his music career and is happy to be associated with the urban grooves brand. He hopes the contribution of urban grooves will be properly appreciated over time.

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