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By Trust Khosa / Published on Monday, 27 Nov 2017 20:46 PM / No Comments / 3627 views

27 November 2017

. . . crooner fills HICC within hours
. . . owes success to loyal fans


This apply sums up Jah Prayzah’s hastily organised, yet well attended gig held at the Harare International Conference Centre last Friday.

Dubbed “Jah Prayzah Fill HICC Gig”, the show also turned out to be the crooner’s welcome party after his successful tours of Australia and South Africa where he wowed fans.

The show was also held during the eventful week when President Mugabe stepped down while the crooner’s latest album – Kutonga Kwaro – was also endorsed owing to his prophetic songs especially Masoja and the title track.

Owing to the appeal of his music, 2 Kings Entertainment under the directorship of Tichie Mharadze and Dee Nosh, made a huge gamble and put together the show at HICC.

And the gamble indeed paid as both camps – 2 Kings and Team JP – made a ‘killing’ on a night when Nigerian star Tekno’s gig at Alex Sports Club was also called off on the eleventh hour, making Jah Prayzah’s gig the only option for merry-makers.

When the gig was announced, Jah Prayzah’s camp banked on Military Touch Movement signings as the supporting acts but more artistes who are not part of the movement were added to the line-up.

MTM’s biggest signing Andy Muridzo was one of the early performers at the gig since he was due to hold another show in Budiriro on the same night.

The Jeetaz Band leader, who recently announced that he was shunning the ‘bad boy tag’, ushered out all his artistic verve during his slot where he played both old and new ‘numbers’ as people were still making their way into the auditorium.

He opened his act with the track Emma off his latest album Tichambotenderera featuring Jah Prayzah while his club bangers Dherira and Chidhafu Dhunda were also on his playlist.

After his act, another from MTM and talented performer Nutty O also warmed the stage as they paved way for Jah Prayzah.

In a show of solidarity, other acts who are no part of MTM, also embraced Jah Prayzah as they also performed at the show.

Ashton “Mbeu” Nyahora was the real toast of the night as she showcased his talent alongside his outfit, Mhodzi Tribe.

The crooner who passed through Dr Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi’s great tutelage at Pakare Paye Arts Centre, did not disappoint as he played his popular singles.

Ladies’ man Trevor Dongo, forgotten urban grooves duo Extra Large and BaShupi were some of the surprise acts who got slots on the night when only MTM artistes were supposed to dominate the show.

Not be outdone was Killer T who was also part of the surprise acts and his task was made simple as fans sang along with him.

It was as if the chanter was performing at one of those street gigs known in street lingo as passa passa as fans sang along to him.

After all the supporting acts had warned the stage, it was time for the main man to show his mojo on a night he deserved the ‘miracle baby’ tag as he pulled hordes of fans within hours.

Prior to his show, he had performed at National Sports Stadium during the swearing in ceremony of new President Emmerson Mnangagwa where the majority of fans had watched him free of charge.

It appeared Jah Prayzah could not whet fans’ appetite as they still wanted more from the crooner who was also given a massive welcome at the Robert Mugabe International Airport when he arrived from his tour.

And to imagine that he had a busy schedule of Thursday night when he arrived as he graced the Ladies’ Night Show in Borrowdale as well as his performance at NSS on Friday afternoon, the crooner simply showed his mojo as an entertainer of repute.

His manager and most trusted lieutenant, Keen Mushapaidze hailed fans for their support.

“We never anticipated this crowd as the show was organised on short notice.

“Of course a lot happened during the week where President Mugabe stepped down while his album Kutonga Kwaro was also endorsed by many during the celebrations.

“We just thank fans for their love and loyalty,” said Mushapaidze.

Similar sentiments were echoed by Jah Prayzah was also at a loss for words following the love his fans showed.

“I just want to thank my fans for everything happening in my life; it’s like a miracle considering what has been happening in my life.

“I just feel blessed like a miracle baby because a lot is happening in my life. I can see the hand of God and I owe it to the Almighty for giving me this talent and voice to sing for my fans,” he said.

Performance wise, Jah Prayzah did not put a foot wrong and his show set to remain etched in the minds of many for a while.

It was one of those simplest tasks he had on the day as fans sang along to his tracks while the track Kutonga Kwaro easily qualifies to be the song of the year owing the demand of the tracks.

On the night Jah Prayzah made history as the only artistes to fill HICC in a few hours without massive advertising, Star FM presenter and emcee of the night had a good day in office.

Popular club wheel-spinner Iroq who has never disappointed each time he was accorded a slot by 2 Kings continue to shine with each passing show.

Iroq kept fans on the dance floor during intervals and breaks and what a memorable night it was for the two entertainers.

However, it should be mentioned that Jah Prayzah made history last Friday as a crowd puller of repute.
It’s rare for an artiste to attract a full house on home soil without aggressive marketing.

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