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Gregory bounces back

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FOLLOWING a two-year “vacation” in music, Afro-pop singer Gregory Ncube has bounced back with an extraordinary genre, coined “greeg-e” music, the first of its kind.

DIVINE DUBE
Own Correspondent

The Hwange-born Bulawayo-based musician told Southern Eye Lifestyle in an interview yesterday that his new unique music genre was a fusion of reggae and dancehall music with love-conscious songs.

“This is a unique genre of music which I coined after fusing reggae and dancehall music,” the ever-smiling artiste said.

“Revellers in most clubs dance to rhythmic tunes. My voice compliments the fusion and this enhances my music.”

The artiste, probably known for his Afro-pop hit singles Mina Labangane Lami and Saturday, which were later withdrawn from local radio stations to be redone has found a new home — Kirah Record Label, based in Bulawayo and Harare where he hopes to taking his music career to new levels.

“After a seven-year career in music, I took a sabbatical due to some setbacks,” he said.

“But after a two-year ‘retirement’ I was signed by Kirah music under the directorship of Clarence Garura. That is where I have just founded a new music genre — greeg-e music — which I look forward to popularising in Bulawayo and the whole of Zimbabwe,” he said.

Ncube is one of the local artistes who were heavily affected by the country’s economic melt-down that suppressed a number of industries, including the music.

He, however, managed to release Ngizobuya during these hard times.

His latest single, Best Friend – A Love Song, is currently topping charts on local radio stations.

The 30-year-old artiste believes that in an era where the country’s cost of living is high, live shows pay better than selling music discs.

“People in Bulawayo respond to shows,” he said.

“My shows are always well attended.

“Unfortunately local artistes don’t take music as a business, but rather take it as a hobby. They need to take it (music) as a business,” the ambitious artiste advised.

Ncube has worked with South African musicians such as Dan Tshanda and Patricia Majalisa.

Locally, he rubbed shoulders with brilliant artistes such as Khulekani Bethule, among others.

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