ALLACCESS: w/ Daraja Hakizimana
Daraja Hakizimana is an up-and-coming Houston artist. He was born and raised in the south side of Houston, TX. The artist was given the name Daraja Hakizimana, as a right of passage, by the Shrine of the Black Madonna, the Houston branch of The Pan-African Orthodox Christian Church. Daraja's music is as equally unique as his name.
Check out the interview:
How long have you been making music?
D.H.- I've been making music since I got out of high school. I was influenced by many different artists like: Paul Hardcastle, Marvin Gaye, Jodeci and Sam Cooke. I came out around 2000 when artists still had to promote their music in the streets. I passed out flyers and pushed my music myself.
How would you describe your music?
D.H.- I think my music definitely has an electric, sexy sound. My music has a Paul Hardcastle feel to it. It's very instrumental and very chill.
Do you have that typical Texas sound?
D.H.- My music is totally different from the traditional Texas sound. Thats actually why getting my music heard in Texas has been such a slow process. I actually had to go to other places to get my music out.Â
Who were some of your favorite artists to work with?
D.H.- I really enjoyed working with the Coughee Brothaz, Devin the Dude, K-Rino and Scarface. I also do other projects like photography and had the chance to work with artists that way as well.
What are some of the projects you've got coming up?
D.H.- I got two major projects, ones out now called Electric Kush and another album, which is due to be out late fall is called Cloud 9 by Club 803 (r&b music/duo Geno & Daraja). Electric Kush is Daraja of the Coughee Brothaz under the Devin the Dude formula, and Cloud 9 has a straight up R&B sound that you can cruise in your ride while you jam or puff on something.