Draze – Mazvita

“Mazvita, which means “thank you” in the Shona language of Zimbabwe, is a song that bridges cultures,” says Draze. “The song transports listeners from a typical hood in America to a typical city or village in Zimbabwe and is a personal “thank you” to my mother, father, grandparents and the communities who raised me in both Africa and America.

Draze says that he plays marimba on the track as a way to honor his late father. “In my eyes, my father was the greatest Marimba player ever. I play the instrument in salute to him, and my mother, Lora Chiorah. Actually having my mother and sister, Danai Maraire, sing on the track really added the traditional element,” shares Draze.

In the music video, Draze uses clever visuals to display the duality of being African and American. “With the video, I want to inspire black people around the world to see themselves also as African, and to see one another as family. When we get to that point we will truly be unstoppable,” states Draze. “From the Lyricism to the storytelling, to the cultural vibes and raw 808 drums, this track is the purest form of Ancestral Art.”

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