Yeukai Karengezeka Entertainment Reporter
King Tazvida, younger brother to the late legendary sungura musician Fanuel “System” Tazvida is determined to carry on with the “smoko music”.
King performs at Tazvida Commemorations Gig to be held at the Book Café tomorrow.
The 26-year-old musician said the 15th anniversary of Tazvida’s death will give him an opportunity to remarket his brother’s band.
“It will be a day l will show the world that l have the right credentials to lead the Chazezesa Challengers Band because l feel my brother left the music scene prematurely because of illness and l am encouraging people to come in their numbers,” he said.
The gig is expected to be attended by leading musicians like Alick Macheso, Sulumani Chimbetu, Kireni Zulu and Nocholas “Madzibaba” Zakaria.
System’s widow Barbara Mabuyaye Tazvida who has tried to revive the band before is expected at the gig.
The band’s manager Malvern Mutowamanja said King has potential.
“It is not easy for the young King to revive the ‘smoko’ music but l know he will manage. “Actually we have clinched a deal with Macheso who will be taking us as a supporting act in most of his shows,” he said.
Tazvida was born in 1968 and died on February 4, 1999 after a long illness.
He rose to stardom in the 1990s and had hits such as “Anodyiwa Haataure”, “Mushandi Ndimambo”, “Bhebhi Rakanaka” and “Mabhauwa”.
Before going solo, Tazvida worked with different bands such as Khiama Boys, Sungura Boys and Mabhauwa Express before he formed Chazesesa Challengers.
Tazvida created his market in the music industry by tapping into his rural background and his songs are still liked by many today due to their satire and socialcommentary.