Tazvida brother revives Chazezesa Challengers

King Tazvida

King Tazvida

KING Tazvida, younger brother of the late popular and talented musician System Tazvida, has taken over Chazezesa Challengers, a band that was formed by his elder sibling.

NewsDay attended the 25-year-old musician’s show in Nyabira, Darwendale, last weekend when he thrilled many fans after playing his late brother’s songs. King, who is currently staying at his brother’s Chitungwiza house together with the late musician’s widow Barbara, proved that he has what it takes to revive System’s music.

System died on February 4 1999 and his younger brothers, the late Peter and Isaac, tried unsuccessfully to fit into his shoes. Isaac relocated to Mozambique in 2008 and since then there has been no heir to Tazvida’s fine smoko music.

“Chazezesa Challengers is a big brand and I know I have a huge task ahead, but I promise to do my best,” King said. “I got encouragement from my late brother’s widow Barbara who I am staying with and with her support, smoko fans are in for a treat. “The idea came in September after I saw how other siblings were reviving their late fathers’ and brothers’ music.”

The youthful musician has recalled two former Chazezesa Challengers members to spruce up his new look seven-member band. “Former dancer for Chazezesa Challengers, Adam Jafari, joined as a backing vocalist and my brother Peter’s lead guitarist, Eliah Chimbika, is with the group. I think the current team is strong enough to take over from where Peter and Isaac left,” he said.

Meanwhile, the younger prodigy is facing a challenge since he doesn’t have instruments. “We have no instruments at all. We are hiring them and it is very expensive,” he said. King is not new to music. He was a guitarist for Shungu Boys, an amateur group that was led by Owen Soup, now a dancer with Bulawayo outfit Ndolwane Super Sounds.

King said he was working on his debut album in addition to inheriting System’s songs that include Anodyiwa Haataure, Mushandi Ndimambo, Bhebhi Rakanaka, Mabhauwa and Vaforomani, among others. Born in 1968, System rose to stardom in the 1990s. He was known as a unique sungura artiste and his music is still making waves across the country.

Before going solo, Tazvida worked with different bands such as Khiama Boys, Sungura Boys and Mabhauwa Express. Newsday

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