5 November 2018
JAH Prayzah is not new to attracting a full house at the Harare International Conference (HICC).
He has done so on many occasions.
It is, however, the prevailing tough economic conditions that saw critics doubting him, but he defied it last Friday night.
The musician launched his 13-track album titled Chitubu before a packed HICC over the weekend.
It is also the sweetness of his spring (Chitubu) that people enthusiastically waited to taste.
Though he performed only two new songs – one of which was Chitubu which was already in the public domain – the response from the crowd suggests a spring that will never run dry.
The musician also premiered a video for the song Dzamutsana during the launch which was received by a deafening applause from the thousands in attendance.
And for Jah Prayzah, it is such endorsement that leaves him a relieved man having worked on the project for more than a year.
“Not that you will be doubting your works but you just want that endorsement and support from the fans.
“It was good to launch an album before a full house once again. I appreciate and feel really humbled by this support,” Jah Prayzah told H-Metro on the sidelines of the show.
The Jah Prayzah camp could have been sent into panic mode by the sudden change of weather late Friday afternoon which saw a light drizzle fall a few hours before the event started.
It, however, turned out to be the proverbial blessing from the heavens as people went on to come in their numbers to witness their star unveiling his ninth album.
Jah Prayzah, who came on stage just after midnight, gave a solid performance that saw fans singing along until he passed the stick to Killer T.
He only performed two songs from the new album – Chikomo and Chitubu to add to the premiered video and Follow Me which was performed by some contemporary dancers.
Follow Me features Nigerian star Patoranking and has an accompanying video to be released soon.
BABA HARARE MAGIC
The house went wild when the Third Generation Band boss was joined by his former guitarist, Baba Harare, during his act.
Baba Harare invaded the stage when the crowd started singing, ‘Baba Harare musadaro’ – mimicking one his lead guitar lines on Jah Prayzah’s song.
Baba Harare was not part of the lineup but managed to steal the limelight with that short appearance.
When he appeared on stage, he was received by wild cheers and it was not surprising “The Reason Why.”
The duo performed the above mentioned hit song which has popular lines ‘simudzai heti dzemurara’.
It was a very short time but Baba Harare had a better night than a number artistes who were on the lineup.
CHARAMBA JP’S SECRET
Pastor Charles Charamba, who was the guest of honour at the launch, revealed that Jah Prayzah is flourishing because of his humbleness.
Pastor Charamba said Jah Prayzah also listens to advice.
“This man (Jah Prayzah) is so humble and very understanding. One of the days he came with his video to me before release and I told him to remove some of the things which you never saw.”
He also hailed fans for coming out in numbers despite the harsh economic conditions.
“Let me salute you amazing people, I do not know the economic situations where you came from and you are happy and enjoying,” he said
FANS ROBBED OF ENZO
The crowd felt robbed when Zim dancehall man of the moment Enzo Ishall was only given less than five minutes on stage. He only performed two songs the chart-topping Kanjiva and Handirare Kuden Kwenyu Futi and fans could be heard complaining when he left the stage. It is no doubt that fans wanted more from the rising chanter and they could be heard shouting ‘dzoka dzoka’ when he left the stage.
H-Metro enquired with stage coordinators who explained that he had come in to cover for Freeman who came late for his slot. Not that Freeman was supposed to perform five minutes, but to give fans a different feel, having been dancing to DJ Iroq’s selection.
Enzo was scheduled to perform later but people started walking out just after Jah Prayzah finished his performance and it turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the chanter.
Some of the artistes who performed at the event did not disappoint as they managed to entertain the crowd.
Ex Q’s performance was spot on and was joined by Freeman on the song Nzenza while Seh Calaz was on top of his game.
Killer T joined Jah Prayzah to perform their duet Hondo and went on to continue with his commendable act. Nutty O, Carlos Green and Mbeu also had a good performance so did DJ Iroq.