PRETORIA: Nxumalo realized his talent at the age of 16 when he used to sing in the Sunday school choir.
Alfa Nxumalo (27) born and bred in Bushbuckridge in the outskirt of Mpumalanga, known by his stage name, Mr Groo, remains hopeful to make a name for himself,
He’s currently living in Pretoria. Nxumalo completed his grade 12 in 2014 after he failed three times before he was admitted to Sefako Makgatho Health Science University to pursue his studies.
Nxumalo explained his life challenges to encourage young people who are ready to give up because of failing.
“I really like telling my story to the young people because I know the frustration of failure, heartbreak and poverty. Life challenges turned young people to drunkard and drugs abusers.
“I have encountered failure a couple of time academically, and I did not give up. I did my Matric four times before I could be admitted to the higher institution of learning. And now I’m proud to say it was worth it because am pursuing a career in Medical Physics,” said Nxumalo.
He explained that some challenges thought him life experience.
“I had trouble with things like peer pressure and depression, it was not easy when I got admitted to study at the tertiary institution because I was not performing well academically. In 2016, I had to drop out in order to reconsider my lifetime goal. It helped me to find myself again and face the world in 2018,” he recalls.
Nxumalo realized his talent at the age of 16 when he used to sing in the Sunday school choir.
“I realized my musical skills when I was 16 years old, during my Sunday school attendance because I used to sing in the Sunday school choir. I was not serious about singing until people started to follow and encourage me to attend singing classes. Bishop SS Mbatha encouraged me to start piano lessons so that I could help in the church,” he recounts.
He recently released a deep house album titled Suddenly on the 14th of February 2021. The name of the album is based on how his life has “Suddenly” changed towards greatness after he reconsidered a lot of things in his personal space.
He also released a single song named Circles in 2020 which people tend to like so much.
“My album is in the Electronic Dance genre with the elements of African rudimentary queued by a lot of synthetic sounds.
“I produced my album in 2020 during the lockdown and I couldn’t feature most of the artists. Most of the people are following my music very well. However, I have been getting calls from DJs and producers for feature,” said Nxumalo.
Furthermore, he said he encouraged young people to be consistent in their dream and not to give up because challenges lead people to success.
“I’d like to urge all the young brothers and sisters, in general, to always work on their skills or talents. Academics are there to equip us but we need to have something we’re good at. And as a young person, you shouldn’t make a decision based on what your friends like about you but instead always look at your strength and follow your passion,” Nxumalo said.
Nxumalo give thanks to his family and friends for the support since his life was not easy.
“I am where I am today because of my family and friend’s support. I cannot really count how many times my family has shown love to me. I’m so glad to have a good friends who I have been working with them since I started singing at my young age.
“Even though it was a bit challenging to get some of the things done due to financial constraints but in the end I got it done,” he concluded.