"So here's the bigger shocker, and so painful, I lived with the wrong clan for 40 years, my father's real name is Abel Khanyi."
These were the words of a dejected Derick Sipho Majaivana when he spoke with Sunday Life last week. Being the progeny of a Zimbabwean music king is a hallmark of pride that many Zimbabwean musicians, who have inherited their parents' rich catalogs, proudly bear.
For Derick, however, this honor may have been cruelly ripped from his hands after learning that it is his true father might not have a single musical bone in his body. In fact, he knows almost nothing about the man.
"He (Khanyi) is no more, no one knows where he was buried or if he ever had any other children, if they are out there I want to reach out I'm not sure, but I can answer that platform get to my questions, "he said.
When he discovered that the man you called your dad your whole life is not really your dad is painful, even more so when this discovery is made after a lifetime. It is even more painful if the father you knew was a central part of your identity and profession, like the man known locally as MaGee, was Derrick.
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At the time, Derick was warlike, insisting that the article was malicious and intended to hit a wedge between him and his father.
This happened after a close family friend of the Tshuma family, Majaivana's real family name, had whispered to this reporter that the veteran musician wanted to break the 40-year-old connection – the age after which the self-imposed exile of the North American musician always strikes had known as the heirs of the Majaivana throne.
"He (Derick) was a drunkard," the relative claimed, and MaGee had decided to divulge his true name of descent to prevent him from further polluting his name.
At the time Derick felt like a victim of media malevolence. Just over five months later, the musician's life is in ruins as he tries to come to terms with his true identity, having lied for four decades what he now calls a "lie."
"I called my mother because I was confused She traveled all the way to South Africa to tell me personally what happened, and then I found out the truth.
As a child, I did not know anything was brought up by well-loved parents That's what I thought up to the day the story came out, "he said.
According to Derick, his parents never told him that Majaivana was not his father when he grew up. He questions, however, how the whole world has discovered the truth about his lineage.
"I am the firstborn, and from what I hear, my parents were lovers, I do not know what was going on between them, I have respect for the old man, for raising me, when I grew up, I never missed anything.
Even when I started my musical journey, I called him when he was in the States and he wished me all the best, so to me, if there was a problem that should be addressed openly "A normal, wise person would use the right channels to speak to him, which is better than telling the world that I'm not his child," he said.
unpredictable young man without directing, "Majaivana reportedly thought about the man who had inherited his name and music catalog, which is the characterization that the musician living in South Africa considered unfair and unjust.
" I am glad he came clean. What I do not agree with is the use of the term "obstinate behavior". What does that mean anyway? "He asked.
He also suggested that he was a drunk, and something the relative said made him a threat to the name of Majaivana.
" That's her attitude, not mine. "Whether I drink or not, I have nothing to do with anyone. This is my life and I live it the way I think fit, "he said.
Although he says his relationship with his mother, with whom MaGee has another child, has not changed after the discovery , Derick blamed both of them. His parents conspired to save his true identity from him all these years.
MaGee, he said, had been a very supportive father when he grew up, so he never had any reason to Assuming something was wrong when he was growing up.
"He knew he was not always my dad. They are both to blame for keeping such information out of me, "he said.
Despite his protests, Derick is a man who wavers from this latest discovery, and after 40 years he realizes that he is not a biological part of The Family he was raised in his life was a hard blow.
Months after his delivery, he still finds it difficult to find his feet, and even bothers him with a thing that is close to his heart – music changes his identity on social media.
"I grew up as a Tshuma all my life, and that's the only family I've ever known. I was very hurt and even changed my Facebook name to Ka Bulawayo Derick Sipho. After this revelation, friends came to help me.
They gave me strength and support in this traumatic time. Despite everything, I was fine. The whole drama made me give up plans to release my next album. I had to find out for myself, "he said.
Even though he had been for the first time expelled from Majaivana before he discovered his real inheritance, Derick said he would not give up his career and he would not stop Majaivana classic use catalog and signature sound.
"I will continue to make music because that's my talent and that of no one else. I thank God for that. I will keep the same direction in my career.
I'm just going to change my stage name to Ka Bulawayo Derick Sipho, "he said.
The last few months have begun a journey of self-discovery for Derick and much of his life Much of his life is shaken, he also wants to discover his true self Who was his father, how was he as a man, does he have any siblings he does not know yet? These are the questions in his mind desperately need answers.
"If I have sisters and brothers out there, I have to knowledge. I really have to find her and even see where the remains of my father are. They let me lie for 40 years. I pray to God that I can get over it and continue my life.