ALTHOUGH it’s been 15 years since Fanuel “System” Tazvida died, his surviving spouse Barbra is still grappling to come to terms with his death.
The sungura maestro, who died in 1999 at the height of his fame, did not fully enjoy the fruits of his work because it peaked after his death.
Some of his popular tracks that are still making waves across Zimbabwe include Mabhauwa, Mushandi Ndimambo, Bhebhi Rakanaka, Vaforomani, Anodyiwa Haataure, and Rudo Tsika Nemagariro among others.
In an interview, Barbra said she would have loved to celebrate the life of her husband in a big way, but she was not financially stable to come up with any show as her late husband would have wanted.
“I wanted to celebrate my husband’s life with family, friends and his fans, but because of financial constraints we are not able to hold such celebrations.
“Tomorrow (today) I will play his music that is saved in my mobile phone. I will then go to his grave to put flowers”, Barbra said. “Many years have passed now since he left me, but it seems like yesterday. I cry at times especially on a day like today.”
Barbra said she sometimes used to rewrite the lyrics and songs that System would have jotted down on pieces of papers in a book.
Tazvida’s younger brothers the late Isaac and Peter, former band member Leroy “Kamusena” Lunga tried to revive smoko music (as Tazvida called his type of music) but were unsuccessful.
Tazvida was born in 1968 and rose to stardom in the early 1990s.
Tazvida worked with various bands including Sungura Boys, Mabhauwa Express and Khiama Boys before going solo to form Chazezesa Challengers.
Tazvida’s rural background influenced his type of music.