System Tazvida

System Tazvida (born Fanuel Tazvida) was a popular Zimbabwean sungura Icon, who rose to prominence in the 1990s with hits such as 'Anodyiwa Haataure' and 'Bhebhi Rakanaka'.


Tazvida was born in 1968 and died on the 4th of February 1999. When he died, his music continued to make waves and it is said his career only peaked after his death.[1]

Music Career

Tazida started his career by playing in various bands such as the Madzibaba Nichoas Zakaria- Khiama Boys, Sungura Boys and Mabhauwa Express.[2] From these bands, he gained experience that led him to form his own Chazezesa Challengers in 1993. The band mixed elements of Sungura and traditional sounds, creating an appealing blend [3] that resonated well with mostly the rural folk. and popular blend It was here that Tazvida's career blossomed as he released a string of hits. Some of the songs which became popular includes 'Mabhauwa', and 'Vaforomani'. The albums they released in the mid 1990s were one of the best selling at that time. 'Rudo Tsika Nemagariro' which was his debut album sold more than 20 000 copies, while 'Mutunhu Unemago' sold 30 000. As the title of the albums indicate, Tazvida's music was scial commentary mixed with humourous lyrics and satirical subjects.


Tazvida's music resonated well with the rural and farm folk whose way of life he included in his songs. These people were never noticed since they lacked the buying power but Tazvida revolutionalised this notion. Tazvida popularised these very people and helped link them to the urban folk which had adifferent lifestyle altogether. [4]

Boyz DzeSmoko

After his death, the remaining members of Chazezesa Challengers regrouped and carried where Tazvida left. They then renamed the group 'Boyz dzeSmoko' led by Leeroy Lunga. Lunga however failed to make an impact prompting Tazvida's young brother King to try and revive the 'smoko' music. King is expected to release his first album in later in 2014 [5]


  • Rudo Tsika Nemagariro (1993)
  • Mutunhu Unemago


  1. Tatenda Kunaka, System Tazvida legacy lives on, Newsday, Published: 4 Feb 2014, Retrieved: 11 Apr 2014
  2. Yeukai Karengezeka, In memory of System Tazvida, The Herald, Published: , Retrieved: 11 Apr 2011
  3. Simbarashe Maengewa, 'Boyz Dze Smoko' release 7th album, ZBC, Published: 29 May 2012, Retrieved: 11 Apr 2014
  4. thandowako, The Farm Compound Culture That System Tazvida Gifted Us, Thandowako, Published: 1 Oct 2012, Retrieved: 11 Apr 2014
  5. Dakarai Mashava, King Tazvida ascends the throne, DailyNews, Published: 13 Feb 2014, Retrieved: 11 Apr 2014