Robygee makes his mark

HARARE - When Portia Gwanzura formed traditional music group Hohodza in the 1992, she never realised that she was creating a mentorship platform for her six year old son.

The Hohodza founder’s son Robert ‘RobyGee Moyondizvo’ Gwanzura (27), who has just released an album called Moyondizvo, credits the once popular group for providing the early foundation for the musician he has become.

As a six year old he got the chance to be in close proximity with great musicians like Thomas Mapfumo, System Tazvida and the late Andy Brown due to his association with Hohodza.

“I always knew that I was going to be an artiste or a producer or something to do with music,” said the United Kingdom-based artiste.

“Music for me has been an evolving process since I started doing short performances with Hohodza. As I grew up I found an interest in urban music but got my break on the Zimbabwean music scene when I featured in JJC’s music video We are Africans.”

The defining moment of RobyGee’s rising career was when he released a highly successful video called Harare Hustler which was followed by another equally great video Sele Mama that he jointly did with Stunner and famous producer Jusa Dementor.

The Birmingham-based artiste, who owns a recording studio, has made a name for himself by creating unique fusions of sungura, Jamaican dancehall, hip-hop and RnB and other African beats.

“People love my music here. I have managed to create a relatively huge fan base. My music combines components of African and American rhythms and I believe that is what has made people fall in love with my unique music.”

RobyGee believes the album Moyondizvo that was produced by Galaxy Beats, Moyondizvo Entertainment, England-based Jusa Dementor and Sean Focus in Scotland, will propel him to new heights.

He is convinced that the nine-track album, which derives its name from his totem and the fact that it is awash with love songs, will bowl over Zimbabweans in the diaspora.

“I did the album with the Zimbabwean population in the diaspora in mind because they are home-sick and deprived of Zimbabwean music. I targeted both young and old Zimbabweans because I feel that I have a responsibility to bridge the gap through music.

“I am currently working on a summer EP for the UK market and a live traditional instrument album due for release end of year,” said Robygee.

The versatile RobyGee, who is also into acting, has not departed from his mother’s dream of empowering other musicians. His mother is regarded as the first female music promoter to come out of Zimbabwe. His artist management and entertainment company called Moyondizvo Music is currently grooming several artistes.

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