Majaivana honoured in UK

HARARE - One of Zimbabwe’s greatest musicians to emerge from Bulawayo, Lovemore Majaivana was honoured at the Mporiro Arts Festival held in Canterbury, United Kingdom (UK) last weekend.

Majaivana was granted a Life Time Achievement Award in the music industry in absentia.

His cousin Ralf Mguni received the award on his behalf.

The festival is the brainchild of Zimbabwe International Performers Alliance (Zipa) whose aim is to create platforms for Zimbabwean artists in the diaspora to interact, network, exchange and exhibit their work.

Born Lovemore Tshuma, Majaivana earned his nickname from dancing as the name implies in his Ndebele language.

Dumisani Gumpo from Zipa said in a statement Majaivana was honoured as a legend.

“The main attraction of our festival was the first ever recognition of Lovemore Majaivana, who as a legend had never been recognised.”

Majaivana plied his musical trade in Harare where he played with the late Fanyana Dube.

He has been a great inspiration to many a musician such as Jays Marabini, Solomon Skuza, Sandra Ndebele, Africa Revenge, Willis Watafi, Busi Ncube, Mantongande, Albert Nyathi and many more.

The legacy of his music is carried on in the likes of Lwazi Tshabangu, his son Derrick Majaivana and Royal Destiny.

“Majaivana is a man who had humble beginnings, singing in the church choir in which his father was a minister.

“At 15, he became a drummer in a local Bulawayo band. Majaivana was regarded as most prophetic especially as he created social commentary lyrics for his songs.

“Angilamali was one of the songs he expressed his pain until he immigrated to America.

“It will not be helpful to start talking about what Majee said after he has gone and writing his obituary.
“Zimbabweans therefore need to honour their own before it is late,” he said.

Speakers at the event included Girl Child Network founder Betty Makoni and the deputy director of the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe Nicholas Moyo.

Majaivana had a successful career back in the day before he decided to quit.

Early in his career he performed with bands such as High Chords, The Echoes and The Elbow Band.

After moving to Harare he gave up drumming and began singing in nightclubs covering Tom Jones and Elvis Presley songs.

Majaivana went back to Bulawayo and performed there for four years; he then returned to Harare and formed his own band, The Jobs Combination.

Majaivana left the country for the United States in 2001 and has not indicated any signs of coming back.
People have been trying in vain to make him come back home but sources say he got a sub-contract from the Dallas municipal for rubbish collection, while others say he is a driver.

No one knows for sure what is occupying Majaivana in America.

Some of his popular songs include Ngifuna Imali, Salanini Zinini, Tshilamoya, Mkwenyana, Yingwebani, Esambeni, Badlala Njani and others.

Other people who received awards included Betty Makoni for her fight against girl child abuse, David Mwanaka, for promoting sport in the community, Ezra Sibanda and Eric Knight, for the service in the electronic media.

Nicholas Moyo got an award for service in arts industry and Rex Ndengeya for championing the formation of Zigma.

Also honoured were  Million Moyo, for the services in gospel music, Lucky Moyo, for the long service in the music industry and Admore Tshuma for service in print media.

Zipa strives to create a platform for staging dramatic works, theatrical plays, musicals, concerts and other forms of performing arts to members of the association in schools, youth centres, organisations and public venues.

They also aim for a higher level of excellence in its productions and to support its productions with effective management and the infrastructure of an economically and socially responsible society.

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