He has come a long way from being booed off the stage to becoming one of the most sought-after musicians in the country. Jah Prayzah, the Uzumba-born crooner, has proven his versatility and resilience in the cutthroat music industry, winning the hearts of thousands of fans across Zimbabwe and beyond.
This weekend, Jah Prayzah, whose real name is Mukudzeyi Mukombe, took his artistry to another level with a double album launch in Harare and Bulawayo, respectively. This is a feat that many musicians of his generation are yet to achieve.
The launch voyage started on Friday night as Jah Prayzah mesmerised his fans with the traditional Chiremerera, his 12th album, at Old Hararians Sports Club. He was supported by songbird Feli Nandi, jiti maestro Baba Harare and internationally-acclaimed Afropop band Mokoomba. The MC for the night was Abisher Palmer, while DJ Luckie Dee and DJ Iroq kept the crowd on their feet with their mixes.
Jah Prayzah delivered a scintillating performance, showcasing his vocal prowess and energetic dance moves. He sang some of his old and new songs, including Sarungano, a first single off the album Chiremerera that he released on Monday as an appetiser for the launch. The single, which features Feli Nandi, has an accompanying video that has amassed more than 250 000 views on YouTube, becoming number one trending for music on its release.
The video, which was directed by award-winning director Vusa Blaqs, depicts a sad love story of a peasant couple whose romance is cut short by their jealous master. Feli Nandi complements Jah Prayzah’s voice and vibe with her beautiful melodies.
The fans could not get enough of Jah Prayzah’s music as they sang along and danced to his tunes. Some even joined him on stage to show off their skills. The atmosphere was electric and festive as the fans celebrated the launch of Chiremerera.
A few hours after the Harare launch, Jah Prayzah headed to Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo for yet another launch. This time it was an Afropop album titled Maita Baba, which is Jah Prayzah’s 13th addition to his rich discography.
“We are launching two albums – Chiremerera a traditional album and Maita Baba which is an Afropop album. This way we have something for everyone. We are ready for the launch,” Jah Prayzah said before the show.
“I urge people to come in their numbers for both launches because we are not making a show on those nights, but we are creating moments that will live forever in your hearts.”
At the second launch, Jah Prayzah was supported by both local and some of South Africa’s finest musicians. Among the performers were Mzansi’s DJ Tira and Nomfundo Moh, South Africa-based Zimbabwean singer Berita Khumalo, urban grooves star ExQ and Zimdancehall chanter Nutty O.
Jah Prayzah did not disappoint as he gave another stellar performance of his Afropop songs from Maita Baba. He also surprised his fans by bringing DJ Tira on stage to perform their hit collaboration Porovhoka. The fans went wild as they witnessed the two stars sharing the stage and exchanging verses.
Jah Prayzah also performed some of his popular songs from his previous albums such as Kutonga Kwaro, Dzamutsana and Munyaradzi. He also paid tribute to his mentor Oliver Mtukudzi by singing one of his songs Neria.
The fans were thrilled by Jah Prayzah’s showmanship and charisma as he interacted with them and cracked jokes. He also thanked them for their support and love over the years.
The double album launch was organised by Gateway Stream Media (GSM), which is a member of the Rainbow Tourism Group. GSM partnered with Jah Prayzah for the launch of Chiremerera and Maita Baba.
GSM spokesperson Pride Khumbula said they were happy with the outcome of the launch and praised Jah Prayzah for setting