Musician and software developer Davison Matanga, hailing from Harare, has recently introduced his latest musical endeavor under the name ABZUAZUNA, a virtual project that embodies a rich African heritage and a fusion of new musical ideas. The project, which derives its name from the meaning “Africa” or “Land-of-Gold” or “underworld,” represents a collective of musicians who bring a strong African flavor to their collaborative creations.
Davison’s journey from Harare to London, England, and eventually to the United States, where he pursued studies in Software Development in Chicago, has been marked by a deep connection to music and a strong passion for composition and keyboard performance. Despite his professional expertise in Artificial Intelligence, which has seen him working for leading financial institutions and establishing his own AI company, Davison has always maintained a natural affinity for music, drawing inspiration from a diverse array of musical influences.
The latest release, “Zvi-Kwa-Mbo,” embodies the essence of ABZUAZUNA’s musical vision, offering a captivating fusion of African rhythms and innovative sounds. Davison’s personal connections to esteemed Zimbabwean musicians such as Oliver Mtukudzi, Tendai Mupfurutsa, Andy Brown, and Thomas Mapfumo, along with his admiration for global musical icons like Johny Clegg, Brenda Fassie, Hugh Masekela, Ray Phiri, Paul Simon, Isitimela, and Bruce Springsteen, have played a significant role in shaping the unique musical landscape of ABZUAZUNA.
As ABZUAZUNA continues to carve its path in the music industry, the release of “Zvi-Kwa-Mbo” stands as a testament to Davison’s unwavering commitment to infusing African musical traditions with innovative ideas, creating a mesmerizing sonic experience that transcends boundaries and captivates audiences worldwide.