Banker tries luck in music

HARARE - Bindura banker Maizon Tazvitya is on a mission to make a name for himself in the unlikely field of music.

The 30-year-old BancABC employee is determined to build on the success of his debut eight-track album Ziya which he released early this year.

“Ziya is receiving overwhelming airplay on all local radio stations, but the problem is that fans do not know the face behind the music,” said Tazvitya.

“We have seen the wisdom of taking our music to the people. We will be holding live concerts around the country. We started our series of shows at Pakare Paye Arts Centre in Norton a couple of weeks ago. We are delighted with the response we are getting.”

Tazvitya, who was born and bred in Harare, sees music as a vehicle to promote Zimbabwean culture.

“I sing Guruuswa music, a traditional genre that defines us as Zimbabweans. Guruuswa is an afro-jazz with a strong Zimbabwean flavour,” said the Ancient Tribe Band leader.

“Guruuswa is the legendary home of several Shona tribes from which they emigrated to present day Zimbabwe. It is the backbone of our culture and the term means tall and healthy grass on a fertile land, meaning my music contains rich Zimbabwean culture.”

Though Tazvitya has just a single album under his name, he is not a newcomer to the Zimbabwean showbiz scene.

He has had stints with Zimbabwean music legend Oliver Mtukudzi, jazz songstress Rute Mbangwa, Pamuzinda, Together As One, Amakhosi and Chipawo.

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