Born and raised in the south side of Houston, Texas, the artist was given the name Daraja Hakizimana (a Bridge to Salvation) in 1999 by the Shrine of the Black Madonna, the Houston branch of The Pan African Orthodox Christian Church. He accepted the name Daraja Hakizimana as it signified his new beginnings down a more spiritual path, both musically and mentally.
Daraja began composing music at the age of 13 gathering inspiration from his father’s extensive music library. To this day, the artist attributes his diverse musical influences to Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Miles Davis, Willy Nelson, Sade, 2-Pac, Jodeci and Paul Hardcastle even though in his words he adds, I listen to everything I can get my hands on".
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