…Will Jah Prayzah write his own 2017 Radio Zimbabwe Coco-Cola Top 50 history
YOU may love him or hate him but when it comes to Jah Prayzah the multi-award winning lanky hit-maker no doubt stole the limelight in 2017 and proved his critics wrong on his lyrical prowess and place among Zimbabwe’s Hall of Fame musicians.
That said, the wait is over for Mutare fans that have been dying to see the Kutonga Kwaro hit-maker and his Third Generation band in action as he is billed to perform tomorrow (Thursday) at The Platinum (Formerly Pick N’ Save) for the first time since launching his latest album in October.
The 12-track album that is a scorcher back to back has seen the title track literally turn into a national anthem that every Tom, Dick and Harry can sing from A to Z, whilst his videos for tracks such as Chengetedza and Nziyo Yerudo featuring the beautiful Nigerian songstress Yemi Alade have gone viral on You Tube.
In Nziyo Yerudo Jah Prayzah again showed his creativity and flexibility to work with regional artistes to produce chart busters having done successful collaborations previously with Davido (Nigeria), Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania), Mafikizolo (South Africa) and Charma Gal. In June, he was among the three African musicians who teamed up with American R&B star Jason Derulo on a remix of his 2010 hit ‘In My Head’ for Coke Studio Africa.
Despite having stiff competition again this year Jah Prayzah is among the favourites to top this year’s Radio Zimbabwe Coca-Cola Top 50 and the ZBC Coke Top 50 videos as well. Last year his Mudhara Vachauya track failed to win despite having been another successful chart buster. Instead, it was the Zora music star Leonard Zhakata that wrote his own history when his tracks scooped all the top three positions on the Radio Zimbabwe Coca-Cola Top 50 walking away with $2500 for his track Madam Boss, $2000 (Zvine Mwaka) and $1500 (Moyo Wekutenda) that scooped the first, second and third position respectively. On the ZBC Coke Top 50 videos his Nziyo Yerudo and Chengetedza are also tipped to be strong title contenders.
This year hopefully the rising super-star Jah Prayzah will write his own history like Zhakata given the popularity of his latest album Kutonga Kwaro that became the song of the moment during the Zanu-PF fall-out that led to the end of the Robert Mugabe era as President of Zimbabwe ushering the new era under Emmerson Mnangagwa. During the million (solidarity) march to the State House staged last month against Mugabe, people from all walks of life black, white, coloured, Indian all literally became endeared to the track Kutonga Kwaro whose meaning ‘seemed’ to prophesy the current events where the military stepped in to take-charge of the factional wars in Zanu-PF.
Meanwhile, given the public demand for the Jah Prayzah show, The Platinum proprietor Esau Mupfumi yesterday said he will beef-up security for the VIP section and for the show in general to ensure that revellers freely enjoy the pre-Unity Day celebrations treat.
“For the cover charge we will accept payment through Ecocash and swipe given the cash squeeze in the country. The show will start at 8pm till late. This will be an early Christmas Box present for Jah Prayzah fans in Mutare,” said Mupfumi.