Hip-hop artist Draze, known for his Emmy Award-winning songwriting and rapping skills, is back with a new single that fuses African melodies with the raw energy of hip-hop.
The song, titled “Mazvita,” which means “thank you” in the Shona language of Zimbabwe, dropped on March 10, 2023, alongside its music video.
According to Draze, “Mazvita” is a personal tribute to his mother, father, grandparents, and the communities that raised him in Africa and America.
The track is a fusion of cultures, transporting listeners from a typical hood in America to a typical village in Zimbabwe.
Draze’s unique sound, which he calls Ancestral Arts, is heavily influenced by his parents.
He physically plays the marimba, a traditional Zimbabwean instrument and the predecessor to the xylophone, on the track as a way to honour his late father, who was a world-renowned marimba player.
In the music video, Draze cleverly showcases the duality of being African and American, inspiring black people around the world to see themselves as African and to view one another as family.
For “Mazvita,” Draze collaborated with producer Vitamin D, who has worked with artists like Lil Wayne, Torey Lanes, and 50 Cent.
Draze describes the single as a teaser for his upcoming album, “African American,” which features sick lyrical abilities, storytelling, cultural vibes, and raw 808 drums.
Draze’s music is a true fusion of cultures and sounds, and “Mazvita” is a perfect example of his unique talent. Stay tuned for his upcoming album, which is sure to be a hit.
Watch and share ‘Mazvita’ below