[Fresh Notes] – Farai Walter Magaramombe – unveiling the soulful sounds of Fizzhoe

From Pretoria to the world: an artist’s journey of passion and resilience

Written by Phetolo Sematha, Images by Farai Walter Magaramombe

I believe in the power of music to build bridges of empathy and compassion. Many of my songs touch on universal themes of love, loss, growth and resilience.

In the heart of South Africa’s bustling city of Pretoria, a rising star has been quietly making waves in the music scene. Farai Walter Magaramombe, better known by his stage name Fizzhoe, is a 26-year-old artist whose captivating blend of hip-hop and poetry has been capturing the hearts and minds of listeners. With a unique sound and a compelling storytelling approach, Fizzhoe’s music offers a heartfelt expression of his soul and resonates deeply with those who encounter it.

A childhood shaped by supportive roots

Born and raised in Pretoria, Fizzhoe’s journey into the world of music was nurtured by his supportive family and vibrant surroundings. Growing up with his parents, Lovemore and Juliet Magaramombe, and brothers Tinashe and Dr Norman, Fizzhoe was encouraged to follow his dreams from a young age. “My family has always been my rock, cheering me on and believing in my potential,” he shares.

A prelude to artistry: the early years

Fizzhoe’s musical journey took its initial steps during his years at Christian Progressive College, where he actively participated in various extracurricular activities, including talent shows, contemporary dance and chess. However, it was the allure of music that truly captured his heart. “I knew deep down that music was my true calling,” he reveals.

The birth of Fizzhoe

The name “Fizzhoe” is not just a catchy stage name – it’s a testament to Fizzhoe’s creative journey. “It’s derived from ‘Fatso’, a short Shona nickname for Farai,” he explains. The name found its roots in Fizzhoe’s involvement in the business side of music, specifically funding a modelling agency. “My cousins started calling me Fizzhoe, and it stuck,” he laughs. The name perfectly encapsulates the essence of his artistry, standing out in a crowd of artists.

 

Music: a powerful outlet for expression

Fizzhoe’s connection to music dates from his early childhood. “I would sing and write songs to express my feelings and thoughts,” he recalls. While he started writing songs at the age of 10, it wasn’t until his late teens that he ventured into professional recording. The excitement and nervousness he felt when stepping into the recording studio for the first time and working with producers Raspy (Collins Kalitera) and Eccentric Kind, solidified his dedication to pursuing a career in music. “It was an exhilarating experience, and from that moment on, I knew this was the path I wanted to pursue,” Fizzhoe reminisces.

Challenges and triumphs

The path to success in the music industry is often paved with challenges, and Fizzhoe is no stranger to them. Gaining recognition and breaking through in a competitive industry has been a significant hurdle. “It can be tough to get noticed and make a name for yourself,” he admits. Yet he’s tackled this challenge with persistence and consistency. “I’ve learnt to be patient and stay persistent in my efforts,” he affirms.

Crafting a unique sound: hip-hop and poetry fusion

Fizzhoe’s music is a sonic blend of hip-hop and poetry, a fusion that allows him to craft a unique and authentic sound. “My style is a mix of genres that creates a fresh and distinctive sound,” he explains. Drawing inspiration from influential artists like Tee Ty, Zoocci Coke Dope and J. Cole, as well as poets like Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes, Fizzhoe weaves intricate verses and poetic storytelling into his music.

Connecting through music

In his own words, he states, “I believe in the power of music to build bridges of empathy and compassion. Many of my songs touch on universal themes of love, loss, growth and resilience.” Through his heartfelt lyrics and emotive performances, Fizzhoe aims to create a sense of solidarity among his listeners, reminding them that they are not alone in their struggles or joys.

The path ahead: dreams and collaborations

Big Number firmly believes that art is a vital part of society, serving as an escape, a form of communication and a source of inspiration. For him, creating music is not just about motivation but a natural talent that he possesses. He finds inspiration in people’s experiences and situations they encounter.

Defining success and advice for aspiring musicians

Fizzhoe’s future is filled with dreams of releasing impactful albums and EPs that showcase his growth as an artist. Collaborating with influential musicians and embarking on national and international tours are among his aspirations. “Bringing my music to different audiences and experiencing the energy of live shows around the world would be a dream come true,” he exclaims.

 Fizzhoe’s music is more than just melodies and lyrics; it’s a journey of self-discovery, resilience and authentic expression. With his unique sound, heartfelt narratives and dedication to his craft, Fizzhoe is poised to leave an indelible mark on the world of music.

Stay tuned for the exciting developments on Fizzhoe’s horizon, including his upcoming club tour and collaborations with talented producers. As he continues to evolve with the ever-changing music landscape, Fizzhoe’s journey promises.

 

Twitter: @Fizzhoe

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