Draze: Hollywood-based Zimbabwean artiste’s dream for Africa’s talent

Draze Photo: Courtesy.

Zimbabwean-American hip hop artist Draze, real name Dumisani Maraire, Jr is looking to work with Africa’s best talent to help them get music placements in television and film, as well as creating opportunities to increase their visibility in the U.S.

Through his company The Chosen Few, Draze, who is based in Los Angeles has set his sights on bridging the gap between African artists and the American industry. 

“As an African-American, I feel that it’s my duty to bridge the gap between these worlds.  I feel like it’s our time and popular culture across the world is ready to embrace the diversity of styles found in African music. 

“There are so many dope African artists that deserve to be heard.  I want to do my part to make that happen.  At TCF (The Chosen Few), our belief is there is enough ‘room for everyone to eat’.  So I’m setting the table… let’s all eat,” he said.

Music creator

Draze has in the past created music for movies, television shows, and commercials coming out of Hollywood. 

Draze Photo: Courtesy.

His credits include the Empire TV series, Love and Hip Hop, Bring It, Black Ink, T.I. Family Hustle, The Rap Game, Hip Hop Divas, NFL Network, ESPN, NBA TV, and several others.  He was recently nominated for a 2018 MCPS Production Music Award in the category Best Hip Hop/Rap/Urban Production Music Track. 

“I have been creating music all of my life, so writing for television, film, and other artists was an easy transition for me,” Draze spoke exclusively to SDE.

The artiste is building on the legacy of a great Zimbabwean musical family.  He is the son of powerhouse marimba and mbira performers Dumisani Maraire and Lora (Sukutai) Chiorah.  He is also the younger brother of songstress and former touring artist Chiwoniso.