Recently there seems to have been a whirlwind of African Dancehall artists in Zimbabwe. The sound which is originally Jamaican and Caribbean island, along with Reggae music and raggamuffin has become a huge hit in the country where our interview subject is from. AMAZE is one of the artists riding the crest of this now hugely popular sound in his native Zim’. A term closely associated with the genre of music he makes is “give thanks”, which signifies the humble nature of AMAZE who’s blessed to be doing what he loves – as his God given calling.
Lavatory Records: Introduce AMAZE to the world and tell us how you came up with the name?
AMAZE: Hello world my name is Admire Chitsa known as AMAZE in the music industry. The influence and impact my music has on people who listen to it, always inspires me and I kept receiving comments of how “amazing” the products are. So then I just decided to own the name and fine tune it to AMAZE.
LR: How do you classify your music – is it Reggaeton, Ragga or Dancehall?
AMAZE: My music is Reggae and Dancehall.
LR: Which artists have influenced your sound?
AMAZE: My artistry has been greatly influenced by Peter Tosh and Lucky Dube.
LR: Has the industry embraced you and your sound so far?
AMAZE: Yes the feedback has been astonishing, I am humbled by the positive reception the industry has given my work.
LR: What are your thoughts on the music industry in Zimbabwe, and what changes would you like to see in the industry?
AMAZE: Let me be frank, the music is on a rise now in terms of quality and maturity in the composition of music. Artists are producing competitive videos in the industry. However, I would like to see the industry completely morph into a business where every individual is doing serious work and not take it as some side hobby, because this will cripple growth in the industry! I love what the South Africans and Nigerians have done with their industries.
LR: What made you pursue music as a career; and if you weren’t doing music, what career path would you have followed?
AMAZE: I know this has become a cliché, but for me it was a calling and I had to pick it up as soon as possible. I believe my gift is God-given. If I hadn’t followed my music path I would have been into engineering.
LR: Which local and international artists would you like to collaborate with the most?
AMAZE: Locally it has to be Mic Inity and internationally it’s Patoranking.
LR: Apart from the music, what else are you into?
AMAZE: I’m also into carpentry, designing and manufacturing of property.
LR: Any projects you are working on that your followers should look out for in the near future?
AMAZE: Yes I’m working on an album which is still in its early stages so I can’t give much info yet, but they should definitely look out for new material.
LR: Are there any special people you’d like to shout out?
AMAZE: Yes a truck load of them ha-ha! Okay I want to shout out Thato Keikelame, Lavatory Records, Promics, Wellington Ziwenga, Asante Kotoko, Lloyd Jinjika and Freda Murphy, Stanley Chitsa, Edwin Jaulani, Admire Tengende & Tinashe Mutandwa, Mr H, Bluejay & Tafrob.