Joe Nina on his latest album: 'Everyone sounds the same on the radio these days'
He is responsible for ‘90s hits Ding Dong and
Nomthandazo but after shining for a few years he stepped out of the music
industry’s spotlight to work behind the scenes.
But at the age of 43 the
producer, composer and singer returned in 2017 with a new record titled Time II
Time and he’s just dropped a single, Ngil’tholile, off of the album. Joe
describes his latest album as a fusion of Afro-soul and African inspired jazz
and says it is a sing-along record.
Very aware that the music industry has changed, Joe
says it is important to always evolve and that his sound is unique; not to be
compared to anyone else. “Change is good, the only problem I have is with
compilers who choose the same songs; everyone sounds the same on the radio
The artist says his return to the spotlight was
inspired by his fans who always sent him messages on social media asking for
his return. “People would say they are hungry for that Joe Nina music and I am
ready to serve again,” he says.
Over the years he has received support and
encouragement from his close friends and family.
“Being behind the scenes was
not easy; music was not making me enough money, but I never starved because I
have my events company where I host an annual festival called Celebrating
Township Music Heritage Festival.”
Joe says it’s people like Steve Kekana, Babsy
Mlangeni, Andile Gaelesiwe and kwaito singer Professor aka Mkhonzeni Langa who
always kept him motivated.
“Those people kept me going and we often have good
laughs and reminisce about the good old days while looking forward to the
Joe, who has seven children and lives with the mother
of two of his kids, now lives in KwaThema, a township on the East Rand. A few
years ago he started helping out at a children’s home called Lord Is My
Shepard, where he teaches music and helps where he can.
“I moved back home so I
can be close to the people and to help my community and those rising stars.”
Still energised and full of life, Joe says 2018 will come with good surprises.