Roki (also credited as Rocqui, real name Rockford Josphat) is a Madagascar-born Zimbabwean musician best known as one of the celebrity housemates on the seventh season of the reality competition television series Big Brother Africa, in 2012.
His music style includes urban groove, soca, dancehall, afro-pop and house music. In 1996, while on a bus singing with friends, Roki was heard by a local musician who invited him to provide backing vocals on the musician's song. His big break came in 2002 when he teamed up with Leonard Mapfumo, another urban grooves artist, on the song Seiko.
Then Suzanna, Rocqui's solo effort, followed. Another combined effort with Extra Large saw them churn out Zvakora. With Maskiri, the self-styled bad boy of Zimbabwean hip-hop, and Leonard Mapfumo, they released the song Ukanditizira. He then released Aaiyaho.
His song Chidzoka was adjudged the best song and video of the year at the 2007 Zimbabwean Music Awards. His debut album was marketed and distributed by Metro Studios and released in 2008.
Some of his songs include Chidzoka, Jordan, Zion, Ndoda, Mumwe, Suzanna and Nhliziyo.
Big Brother Africa Profile
Roki is a musician who describes himself as creative, quick, attentive, productive and soft. He has been told that his soft heart will be his downfall, but he reckons "it's just easier to let go of stuff".
He likes caring, hard-working and clever people and dislikes people who are lazy and heartless.
He promises viewers entertainment and says that his family is behind him 100%. If he wins the grand prize, he'd follow his dream and go to Hollywood.
Apart from the money and exposure, he's hoping to open his mind by taking part in Big Brother StarGame and also develop his understanding of all Africa. His favourite Big Brother Housemate from previous seasons is Vina.
He cites Steven Spielberg as his role model "because he's an audio-visual genius" and says his mother has had a huge influence on him because of her endurance.
He is a middle child, with 2 sisters, one older and one younger, and says his biggest achievement so far is winning an award for his music in 2008.
Roki lists his favourite TV show as Friends, his favourite musician as Thomas Mapfumo and his favourite actors as Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt.
His favourite films are Pulp Fiction, The Lord of the Rings and The Matrix.