JAH PRAYZAH ROCKS AUSTRALIA
…Promoter wants more of JP
MAN-OF-THE-MOMENT Jah Prayzah had record crowds in his four shows in Australia in a week he became the most-played artiste in the country amid protests against the President.
Jah Prayzah staged shows in Brisbane (last Thursday), Melbourne (Friday), Perth (Saturday) and Darwin (Sunday) and is on his way back home after two events in South Africa yesterday and today.
In an interview with H-Metro, Jah Prayzah said the shows in Melbourne and Perth were the most attended given the size of venues while the atmosphere at the Brisbane and Darwin shows as electrifying.
His latest album, Kutonga Kwaro, was well received and the title track was the most requested at all venues.
“This was by far my best tour and the shows in Melbourne and Perth had the most crowds and this also because they were bigger venues. The album Kutonga Kwaro was well received and the fans knew virtually all the tracks, they knew the lyrics as well and would sing along. For an album that was less than a month old this was remarkable.
“They also requested songs from Mudhara Achauya because we had not gone there (Australia) after the release of the album last year. So it meant that we had two albums to showcase on one tour and we great fun.”
Show promoter, Tobias Mahohoma of Millennium Promotions, hailed Jah Prayzah for an all-round star performance.
“This was, by far, the best tour we have staged here in terms of the numbers and actual performances by Jah Prayzah. When we stage shows we usually get complaints but on this one the reviews were positive. The artiste delivered top performances.
“There was no crowd trouble. Our role is to market the shows and it takes a good artiste, good sound and good act to have an outstanding show, it’s a combination,” he said.
On why they staged the shows mid-November, Mahohoma revealed the factors influencing the decision.
“It would be great to have the gigs around the festive season but then there are a number of factors involved, including availability of the artiste, availability of venue and also the fact that Zimbabweans will be using the festive break to go back home.”
Meanwhile, Jah Prayzah joked that he might be tempted to launch JP Ministries as fans back home believe he was prophetic in composing Kutonga Kwaro whose title track and Masoja were played whole day on Saturday as Zimbabweans marched in solidarity with the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.
The soldiers were very popular as citizens enjoyed the freedom to demonstrate without being chased by riot police.
“I might have to launch JP Ministries…On a serious note when I composed the album I was just looking at things that happen or affect our daily lives but I am surprised by the turn of events. For instance, on composing Masoja I was trying to demystify soldiers.
“We tend to associate soldiers with war and people are afraid of them and I was trying to capture how soldiers are friendly while also looking at the way they use music as morale booster even while in training,” said Jah Prayzah.
He returns home tomorrow.