Roki, singer from Java deny bought views for Uchandifunga’s video on YouTube
HARARE – Rockford singer ‘Roki’ Josphat has denied buying views for his new single, Uchandifunga.
The song was uploaded to YouTube on July 1 and had reached 425,000 views after four days – but suddenly the views shot up to 1.2 million in a matter of hours, leaving everyone perplexed.
It became the fastest one-million-view video by a Zimbabwean artist – breaking a previous record held by Winky D who pulled one million views in just under a week with Mugarden.
Uchandifunga added just 200,000 more views in the three days following the shock, only fueling suspicions that his “miracle” of over 700,000 votes was from a bot.
“If I get a million views, they say I stole. If others do, we encourage them and tell them they are good. Why? Is it because God is theirs alone? Roki told ZTN on Friday, appearing alongside Passion Java, who signed him to their Passion Java Records label after a long absence from the music industry.
Java, who raised his eyebrows after posting a video of himself walking with President Emmerson Mnangagwa and garnering a million views in a week on Instagram, also argued that Roki’s views were legitimate.
Java said, “It’s embarrassing that as a country we haven’t had a video with a million views in one day.
“Everyone knows my favorite artist is Uncle Poptain. If I could buy any views it would probably be for him. Personally, I don’t have a video with a million views (on YouTube). Don’t you think if I could have done that I would have bought some views for myself? “
For less than $ 5,000, you can buy a million views for your YouTube video if that makes you feel good, but unpopular content won’t increase viewership much.
Meanwhile, former Big Brother Africa star Roki has denied claims he battled drugs by thanking Java for “making me rediscover my true love (music).”
The father of two added, “He unblocked my heart. I was heartbroken, felt hated, and blamed others.