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By Charles Mushinga / Published on Thursday, 09 Aug 2018 13:19 PM / No Comments / 2877 views

9 August 2018


. . . bumper crowd sings along

Jah Prayzah on Monday wowed Zambians with his second performance at the 92nd edition of the Zambia agricultural and commercial show.

After combining with his South African friends, Mafikizolo on Sunday at the same venue, Jah raised his bar a day later as he held his own as the headline artiste. More people attended the second show where he was the headline act than the Sunday one with Mafikizolo.

Playing in Zambia for the first time, Jah described the occasion as phenomenal.

“It was phenomenal! I was shocked by the response we got from Zambia. These were my first ever shows in Zambia and I have never had a collaboration with a Zambian artiste so I did not expect such a great turnout and response. But they were singing along to many of my songs, I was shocked!” said Jah in an interview with H-Metro yesterday.

Jah said the bumper crowd sang along to songs like Ndini Ndamubata, Sendekera, watora Mari, My Lilly, Mudhara Achauya and Goto. He travelled with his full band.

He owed his popularity in Zambia and other foreign lands to the relationship he has with Trace and the collaborations he does with big African Stars in-between albums.

“My relationship with Trace is now so seamless that it is easy for them to launch and premiere my videos without thinking twice. I believe this is why I’m enjoying a good fan base in many African countries, something I never dreamt of at the start of my career.

“On Friday we are flying to Namibia to perform there and if you ask me, it is all thanks to Trace that we get invites to foreign countries,” he said.

The Chengetedza hit maker said the response he got in Zambia is likely to influence him to do more for his Zambian fans.

“We need to hold more shows in Zambia for those fans and I definitely need to collaborate with Zambian artistes. The fans in Zambia loved all the collaborations I did with other artistes like Mafikizolo, Davido and Diamond. I owe them a song that they relate to. These shows were eye-openers,” said Jah.

Several Zambian artistes raised the curtains for Jah before his Monday show.

Jah exclusively told H-Metro that he is likely to drop new songs and videos on Trace before he releases his next album around October.

“I can’t reveal the artistes I’m working with but expect collaborations with artistes from Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Nigeria soon,” he said.

As for the album, Jah said he needs to launch it in the dry season.

“Around October the album should be dropping but expect one or two collaborations before that. I need the album launch to be done in the dry season so that people have no rain fears. It’s important to plan ahead with such things.

“I was actually in the studio recording songs for the upcoming album when you called.”

He, however, added that he feels the pressure of a couple of good albums that are already on the market.

“Our preparations are going on well but there is a lot of competition out there. Many good artistes released albums this year and they are trending. We are fighting to go higher than the bar we have set for ourselves so there is a lot of work to do.


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