Draze (born Dumi Maraire Jr) is a Zimbabwean-American hip hop artist based in based in Seattle and Los Angeles. He is the son of one of Zimbabwe's greatest mbira musicians, Dumisani Maraire, and young brother to the late popular musician Chiwoniso Maraire.

Draze
Draze, Dumi Maraire, Zimbabwean Musician
Draze
Born Dumi Maraire Jr
Washington, USA
Nationality Zimbabwean-American
Occupation
  • Musician
  • Vocalist
  • Mbira player
Known for Mbira Music
Parent(s) Dumisani Maraire (father) Lora Sukutai Chiorah-Dye (mother)
Relatives Chiwoniso Maraire (sister)
Website www.thedrazeexperience.com

Drake has gained popularity in the United States with his songs Seattle Sweetie and Irony on 23rd. Other songs by Draze have been featured on popular US TV shows like Empire and Love & Hip Hop; on ESPN SportsCenter, NFL Network, and The Rap Game; and in the latest Speedo swim-wear video ad.

Like Chiwoniso, Draze is celebrated for the way in which he modernizes the mbira and marimba while infusing new spirit in contemporary music performance, and also writing soundtracks for TV and films.

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Background

At the age of six, Draze moved with his family to Zimbabwe. With both his parents musicians, he was immersed in traditional Zimbabwean music and performance. Still a youth when he returned to the U.S., Draze was introduced to hip hop culture on the streets of Seattle. Draze has performed in his family’s Zimbabwean marimba band on several continents around the world, opening for major artists like Janet Jackson, Miles Davis, Jimmy Buffet, and more. As Draze, he has performed as an opening act for Snoop Dogg, Macklemore, Wale, Floetry, and others.

Tours have taken him to Korea, Japan, Guam, Hawaii, Europe, and throughout the U.S.

Discography

Videos

Draze - Seattle Sweeties (Official Video)



Draze - Nice To meet You FT. Jay Townsend (Official Video)



Draze - Irony On 23rd (Official Video)



Draze & Vitamin D on the Making of Children Of The Light



Northwest Folklife "Meet Your Neighbors" Series Featuring Draze / Dumi Maraire, Jr.



Draze featuring Owuor Arunga of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Awards

In November 2016 Drake was nominated for Zim Hip Hop award in the Diaspora category.



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