By style Reporter
After several attempts to reclaim his lost glory, South Africa-based urban groover Nox Guni seems to have struck the right chord following the recent release of a single titled My Melody. The single features South African king of gqom music Master KG of Jerusalema fame.
Last year Nox, born Enock Guni, tried to bounce back into the music limelight with the release of an album titled The Surprise which concomitantly celebrated his 36th birthday.
Like its title, the album disappointed all and sundry as it did not rise to its billing despite the musician having travelled all the way from South Africa to launch the album at the then newly opened Werras Gardens, owned by popular music promoter Samuel “Boss Weras” Saungweme of Werras Entertainment.
However, My Melody seems to have marked the return of the Johannesburg-based singer, one of the pioneers of the urban groves genre in Zimbabwe.
Within a few days of its release, the single, which is accompanied by visuals, has been topping the charts, receiving heavy radio airplay and rave reviews on online platforms.
“As a musician, you expect anything. The response from the fans is beyond imagination,” Nox told Standard Style.
“It means I can now be counted among the best, which is what I’ve always wanted.”
The Ndinonyara hit maker described the project, which took him and his team two months to complete, as a collective effort.
“It’s hats off to all who participated in the project. We were partly funded by Dexter Lasswell of Club Nakira based in the United Kingdom,” he said.
“Mula VIP Rentals provided us with the yatch and the Cardillac classing car. We also used one of the best dance groups in South Africa and that country’s top socialite Resego Tshabadira who featured on the video.
“The project is different in every dimension. I featured the man of the moment Master KG and I also sang in three languages.”
He said roping in Master KG had added a new dimension in his work and its paying off.
“Doing Master KG was a smart move because our markets are different and now we are sharing fans, everybody benefits,” Nox said.
“I have more collaborations on the way. I’m not announcing them at the moment because I have learnt the hard way from past experiences.”
Nox said My Melody marks his return and that of the urban grooves genre, which had years ago lost its lustre.
Lately international and regional television channels such as MTV, Channel O, Trace, ZTV and ZTN have been jostling to air the video.
“Apart from television channels, the video is also available on my official NoxVEVO YouTube channel,” he said.
A Midlands State University alumnus, Nox has managed to hold his ground in the cut-throat music industry from the formative years of the urban grooves genre.
Despite his ups and downs, on and off the stage, punctuated by a controversial love life, Nox has managed to release nine albums, including Wandipengesa (2004), Rhythm and Blues (2006), Chapter Three (2008), Music, Love and Me (2009), Zim’s Finest: Tisu Tine Yese (2010), Eighth Wonder (2013) and The Surprise (2019) plus several singles such as Kupenga Kuti Pe, Iwe Maria and Uchandifunga.
Nox rose to fame with yesteryear hits such as Ndinonyara, Maria, Unondifonyora and Handigone Newe.