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Derrick Majaivana returns to Harare

Music has continued to evolve beyond doubt with many trendy sounds of the 20th century inevitably losing lustre but later appealling at the turn of the millennium.

Kennedy Nyavaya

In Zimbabwe,when one genre “fades”, it makes way for the other and so does music legends, regardless of their high-riding achievements and an elastic touch evidenced by the wide fan base they command.

Majaivana
Three years ago, Derrick Majaivana decided to be the torch bearer for his father, Lovemore’s music and today he is still determined to rejuvenate what is left of the famed Majaivana music.

The eldest son of the Umoya Wami singer recently moved back to Harare where the roots of his career lie, on a quest to nurture an ostensibly promising music career.

“I started here in Harare before I moved to Bulawayo to let the Majaivana fans know that Majaivana music was still there. However, I am back in the capital,” said Derrick.

Although he has not achieved much, he has had a fair share of performances with local top class acts.

“I was promoted by the business community here in Harare when it came to live performances,” said the 36-year-old who has shared the stage with Oliver Mutukudzi, Jah Prayzah and Alick Macheso, among others.

While it appears to be a bearable transition for other upcoming artistes born of late musicians as they inherited bands and intact fan bases, Majaivana conceded that it takes extra hard work to try and match or even surpass a living legend.

“Well, it’s really an uphill task because definitely one needs to release good music which is up to standard and it is really a challenge, but l like it because at the end of the days you really produce good music,” he said.

He cherishes great support from his father who is based in the United States. Derrick has matured under the tutorship of poet-cum-musician Albert Nyathi.

Majaivana is set to release his second eight-track album this year after his 2013 debut Bayamemeza.

He said the new project will make an impact on his career because the songs on the album sound like his father’s popular album Isono Sami which was released in 2001.

“My messages are actually based on real-life issues, what we face in our day-to-day lives. I am still to decide what name to give the album because all the songs are good,” he said.

Music has proven to be a hereditary talent, especially among Zimbabwean families as other names like Simon Chimbetu and Tongai Moyo have continued to live own through their songs long after their deaths.

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