It’s cool to be weird Kuru’
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