HARARE - At long last the late Fanuel ‘System’ Tazvida’s smoko music appears to have found an heir in his brother who is fittingly named King.
King Tazvida, who is practically unknown on the Zimbabwean music scene, demonstrated that he has the credentials to take over System’s throne during a poorly attended memorial concert for the late Watosvorwa hit-maker at the Book Café on Saturday night.
Ever since Peter Tazvida died in 2002, smoko music has lacked an artiste with the stature to perpetuate the late System‘s legacy whose hallmark was underpinned by lyrics that resonated with the rural populace and poor workers.
Lee Roy Lunga, a former Chazezesa Challengers’ lead guitarist and System’s brother Isaac who recently relocated to South Africa after a short stay in Mozambique, have dismally fallen short in their attempt to mimic the smoko brand of music.
But in King-who shares the late Dhiya Ungwarire’s vocal prowess and languid stage demeanour-Smoko appears to have finally found an artiste with the potential engineer its re-birth.
Not even the snub of the memorial concert by Zimbabwe’s music community save for Leonard Dembo’s widow Eunice and upcoming sungura bassist Howard Pinchisi, could deflate King’s enthusiasm and exciting raw talent.
Backed by the equally talented new crop of Chazesesa Challengers, King breezed through the smoko music founder’s popular hits with consummate ease. The small crowd that included System’s widow Babra Mabuyaye never stopped dancing as the new smoko heir performed his late brother’s hits and his own unrecorded music.
King concedes that he is still very much a rough diamond that requires a lot of hard work.
“I am not a finished product yet but I am willing to work had to carry on my late brother’s legacy,” King told the Daily News after the memorial concert.
“I hope to release my first album soon. Alick Macheso’s offer to use us as a backing group later in the year will hopefully give us the platform we need to blossom.”
Only time will tell if the latest product from the Tazvidamusic factory is indeed the King that his name suggests.