By Tafadzwa Muranganwa
From 25 November to 10 December the country joined the rest of the world in commemorating 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence(GBV) and a local AfroJazz artiste Maizon Tazvitya has released an album which carries undertones of reducing GBV,Zimbabwe Times can reveal.
Speaking to this publication,Maizon said the album entitled ‘Pfumvudza’ epitomises a new beginning in his career path and is laden with songs which seek to redress GBV cases which have been worsened by the deteriorating economy.
“I chose the name Pfumvudza because I compiled the album during the Covid-19 lockdown period ,it was a time to deeply introspect and re-strategise, praying and planning for next moves.
“The songs from the album speak to tackle how the increasingly economic difficulties have widened disparities among men and women leading to sprouting of cases of GBV,”explained Tazvitya.
For example of particular note is a song ‘Handimbochema’ which assesses the distress brought about by the HIV pandemic which include child abuse.
“Let me speak about Handimbochema which is the first song on the album list and it focuses on the hash economic situation and the impact of HIV/AIDS which has created a breeding ground for GBV and exploitation of children at large,” added the 37-year-old musician.
The other songs that completes the 6 track album are Majurumbwe,Sorry,Ndinokuda,Tamari and Kwamungezi.The album is available on most digital platforms including Spotify and Google Play.
However,the Ancient Tribes frontman chronicled the challenges he faced in releasing the album.
“It was a mean task to work from home during the lockdown period. I had to rely on internet mostly for every all the work and movement to the studio was restricted hence the album took long to complete,” bemoaned the Majurumbwe hitmaker.
Maizon was raised in the high- density suburb of Dzivarasekwa, Hararea and attended Courteney Selous Primary and St John’s Chikwaka Secondary schools.He credits his success to the mentorship he got from Chipawo (Children Performing Arts Workshop).
He is also a proud holder of a Diploma in Ethnomusicology at the College of Music and has shared the stage with notable arts figures like the late Dr Oliver Mtukudzi and Progress Chipfumo.