Is Jah Prayzah losing it?

HARARE - Reggae musician Jah Prayzah has cut ties with Jazz 105, a club that shaped his musical career.

The move though has not amused his long-time promoter Josh Hozheri.

Real name Mukudzei Mukombe, the 25-year-old was a regular performer at the Harare joint and he performed there on Wednesdays for a period close to two years.

The Chitungwiza-based towering musician told the Daily News on Sunday that the move is meant to give other upcoming musicians a room to showcase themselves.

“I do not have a problem with Jazz 105 but I just feel like giving other artistes an opportunity to showcase themselves at the joint. At the moment, I do not have a permanent venue,” said the musician.

His move did not go down well with the joint proprietor Hozheri, who claims to have shaped the musician’s flourishing career.

“I do not have a problem with Jah Prayzah’s exit but the way he departed was not good. I gave him the platform to perform and market himself in the showbiz industry in good faith but he just woke up one day saying I am going,” said Hozheri.

The Ngwarira Kuparara hit-maker and Hozheri had not entered into a written agreement as the latter believes signing a written contract with an artiste is a form of modern slavery.

Hozheri said Jah Prayzah had approached him two years ago seeking assistance.

“After some serious consideration I entered into partnership with him. I gave him the venue and platform.
 Imagine marketing an unknown person, cost of printing posters of him and other expenses and after all two or three people attended the show? We continued with the partnership for close to two years and when I thought it is high time to reap from the artiste as a promoter, he just disappeared,” said the promoter.

However, Hozheri, said even though Jah Prayzah is what he is now because of him, life still has to go on.

He said all the doors are tightly closed for him.

“I have replaced him with the band Talking Guitars and I am still in the process of engaging Munya Mataruse. We are not going to give him another chance to perform on Wednesdays as he used to do,” he said
Hozheri said the musician should have what he says “staying power” — having stability in the industry like Oliver Mtukudzi and Alick Macheso.

“If he thinks he has now has the staying power, it is good for him,” he said.

Hozheri said Jah Prayzah had disengaged himself from the corporate world and other potential fans.

“His music at first was too noisy and we re-arranged it to make it fit for our jazz fans.

“Unogona kudyara muti wako wemumango, ugoudiridzira kwenguva refu, paunoita michero woti regai ndimbokwira muti wangu iwo wobva wakudonhedza (You can nurse a business only to realise losses),”he said.

Jah Pryzah became a household name following his smash hit album Sungano Yerudo.

Rudo Nerunyararo and his latest offering Ngwarira Kuparara are making waves in the entertainment dome.

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