Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition)
Nina puts bad times behind him
MUSIC maestro Joe Nina’s 27th album, Time II Time, is described by the musician as reflective of his maturity and his understanding of life after he went through a tough time.
“I was in ICU, my father passed on and I faced a lot of lows, including getting divorced. I was caught up in alcohol abuse, fighting with major record companies and I had serious financial challenges,” he said.
But through it all, Nina said, God had always been by his side and that had enabled him to rise again.
The album embodies his soul-searching and this showed when he was writing the songs.
“Time II Time also talks about moments I have been through in my beautiful life.”
Nina promised this album would help heal the brokenhearted through its sweet melodies and its rhythms.
“Music, like most people will agree, is food to the soul. I believe it should bring you up when you are sad and make you dance when you are happy.”
Time II Time, released late last year, features a variety of prominent South African musicians, such as the late Ray Chikapa Phiri and Steve Kekana, while also involving fresh young talent.
“I am a believer that our legends – those who are no more and those who are alive – need to be recognised and remembered. So, I choose the legends I had an opportunity to work, eat and laugh with while they were still alive. I also feel strongly that they must be celebrated while still alive,” said the star, who hails from Joburg’s East Rand.
“The aim of this craft of music,” said Nina, “is to make a difference. I have found it is more effective to do so by giving more and more fresh talent a chance to showcase their God-given talent, giving music lovers something fresh, original and unique.”