Rockford Josphats is a Zimbabwean musician and actor, better known by his stage names Roki or Rocqui. He was born on 7 July 1985 in Madagascar and raised in Parktown Waterfalls, Harare. In 1996, while on a bus singing with friends, Roki was heard by a local musician who invited him to provide backing vocals on his recordings.

Roki made his debut in 2001 with the hit 'Seiko' featuring Leonard Mapfumo and Suzanna. Named Most Promising Artist at the 2003 National Arts Merit Awards of Zimbabwe (NAMA), Roki has since made a name for himself as a gifted songwriter and exceptional performer. In 2007 his hit 'Chidzoka' was named Video and Song of the year. In 2012, Roki participated in the 'Big Brother Africa' show but was disqualified after an altercation with fellow Zimbabwean housemate Maneta.

Roki's music is influenced by urban grooves, soca, dancehall, Afro-pop and house. Some of his other hits include 'Jordan', 'Zion', 'Ndoda', 'Mumwe', 'Suzanna' and 'Nhliziyo'. His lyrics focus on the themes of love, death, life and the clash between Western and African cultures.


ZWHarare, Zimbabwe


Rockford Josphat
Profile added by Linda Gabriel on 24 Jul 2014
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