It’s cool to be weird Kuru’

Sunday Observer - - NEWS - BY SIBU­SISO DLAMINI

Li ndelo Kunene aff ec­tion­ately known as ‘Kuru’ did his pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion at Syd­ney Wil­liams and de­scribes him­self as a ‘child that new a lot for his age’ which was mainly in­flu­enced by the mu­sic he lis­tened to dur­ing the pantsula era, and the fact that he grew up in Manzini.

“I don’t want to lie, back in my pri­mary, I was a pantsula – still am re­ally, just that peo­ple have this wrong per­cep­tions about a pantsula.

Any­ways, that was the in­flu­ence un­der which I grew up at. I was a young boy that new a whole lot for his age, be­cause well, a lot was hap­pen­ing in my in my life, and most im­por­tantly grow­ing up in Manzini.

One minute, I would go and buy bread be­cause I lived just by Tourist(a no­to­ri­ous bar) and be­fore I knew it, some­one would be stabbed right in front of me, just like that. So that re­ally made me grow and un­der­stand cer­tain things that my peers couldn’t at a very young age.”

Af­ter pri­mary, his fa­ther got ill, and they had to re-lo­cate to Nkhaba which is why he then went to Mh­la­tane.

“Af­ter pri­mary, my dad got ill and hence we were forced to move to Nkhaba. That’s how I then got to do my high school at Mh­la­tane – which was the clos­est school, and one heck of a good one too I have to say!

That’s where I met dif­fer­ent peo­ple that have now grown with me, built me and made re­la­tion­ships with. The open minded, weir­does that I now get to be sur­rounded by were all peo­ple that we made re­la­tion­ships with back in the day.

I danced a lot dur­ing that time, and I was a good dancer even. I was able to ex­press my­self through danc­ing.” he says.

Mostly, par­ents usu­ally have is­sues with their chil­dren ven­tur­ing into mu­sic and re­ally get­ting into the mu­sic busi­ness as a ca­reer whole-heart­edly, so we asked him how his re­acted.

“They didn’t re­ally con­cern me about it, and it was mainly be­cause I wasn’t that se­ri­ous about it at the time. It was only later on in ter­tiary that they com­plained.”

Af­ter com­plet­ing his high school at Mh­la­tane, ‘Kuru’ went to en­rol at the Univer­sity of Swazi­land (UNISWA) and stud­ied Eco­nomics. A few years later, he dropped out and says he just couldn’t do it any­more.

“Get me clearly, I am not against ed­u­ca­tion, I am never, and would never be against learn­ing. I think my pur­pose and pas­sion in life is to gain knowl­edge and im­mor­tal­ity.

It was a matter of me be­ing fed up and fed up to the point of not be­ing able to take it any­more. The mu­sic was con­trol­ling me at the time, and I think it also helped be­cause I wasn’t out of fo­cus.

Trust me, I was never into this things that are nor­mally deemed as dis­trac­tions and all. Mu­sic was con­sum­ing and defin­ing me, and I had to ac­cept this and flow with it. Mu­sic re­vealed me to my­self and that’s what I am look­ing for­ward to do­ing in this world –chang­ing it and in­flu­enc­ing it through mu­sic. My par­ents and the fam­ily as a whole were scep­ti­cal, and in fact they were to­tally against the de­ci­sion I had made, but now they un­der­stand what hap­pi­ness is for me, and what my pur­pose is – and that’s five years later, so you gotta be ready for the sac­ri­fices, and the hours of hard work. Pa­tience! Ev­ery­thing will un­fold in due time.”

He states that he is al­ways mis­taken for be­ing a disk jockey (DJ) yet he is a more than that, h e

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