I don't support Zanu PF: Jah Prayzah

HARARE – Jah Prayzah, who was part of the cast of musicians who performed at Zanu PF’s manifesto launch in Harare last Friday, has said the gig was strictly business, not an endorsement of President Robert Mugabe’s party.

Jah Prayzah along with Suluman Chimbetu and Mathias Mhere were some of the musicians who performed at the Zanu PF manifesto launch at Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfield.

Jah Prayzah, who hails from Uzumba, referred questions to his promoter Partson Chimbodza of Chipaz Promotions who told the Daily News the Third Generation front-man’s performance at the Zanu PF event was purely commercial.

“We are not aligned to any political party since we are not in the business of spearheading parties’ campaigns,” Chimbodza said.

“Zanu PF paid us money for such an act and likewise if MDC wants our service we are free to participate.”

Chimbodza said the Tsviriyo hit maker did not perform for free or endorse any party ahead of July 31 make-or-break elections. 

“For every show staged, the band will expect something from it, so it is not easily possible for Jah Prayzah to sacrifice the stability of his band by performing freely,” he said.

Jah Prayzah, real name Mukudzei Mukombe, recently told this paper that his mission was not to endorse any political party after a Zanu PF newsletter The Voice quoted him waxing lyrics about Mugabe as well as urging the youths to emulate him.

He denied ever giving an interview to The Voice, saying; “I am an artist who is only interested in entertaining my fans. I do not want to meddle in politics.

“My fans are of different political beliefs so it is my wish to remain neutral. I will never share my political opinion with the world. It is my secret.”

Known for his elliptical lyrics that have to be scrutinised for their meaning, Jah Prayzah in that interview revealed that he really knew consequences of associating his music with politics and will not do it.

As a matter of fact, musical careers of talented musicians such as Taurai Brian Mteki, Andy Brown, Simon Chimbetu, Sanii Makhalima and Nonsikelelo plummeted after they became more directly linked to Zanu PF.

Comments (18)

Haana nyaya mpfana uyu. I hate his music, its a mish mash of cacophony, its only that now there's a shortage of talent in Zim. In my time this boy would have stood no chance.

Mushambarichakwata - 10 July 2013

Haana nyaya mpfana uyu. I hate his music, its a mish mash of cacophony, its only that now there's a shortage of talent in Zim. In my time this boy would have stood no chance.

Mushambarichakwata - 10 July 2013

Jah Prayzah and Suluman are Zanu. do not attend their shows. finish the bastard,

kapakasa - 10 July 2013

they were on business guys!! forgot kuti ndozvakapedza people like Brain Mteki, Andy Brown, LKZ.

Hlongwane Spinach - 10 July 2013

ko nhai Jah Prayaz vharaghedhi kuChinhoyi maiitei dont underestimate Zimbos you be finished by the 31st July mface dont say l didnt warn you,Asijiki

takurira nhamo - 10 July 2013

What were you doing there if you are not ZANU PF. You are a fool young man.

Haruna - 10 July 2013

Keep it up jah... You did a show to remember .....

Ta - 10 July 2013

So the Gig at Chitungwiza Complex on Friday is all about politics nhai,..we caught you.I was wondering why Barbara of(Red Ross) was making so much noise about this gig....It was not making sense to me for someone to support a still birth band(kwazvose). We are not interested,no coming at all...pliz people do not go into this gig since its politics.How can you pay money for a political function

a - 10 July 2013

Vakomana siyanai nemufanha uyu atore mari

Open Mind - 10 July 2013

Does it means Allan Chimbetu supports MDC-T since he performed in Marondera?

BORN FREE - 10 July 2013

if jah prayzah is not zanu pf supporter he should also perform at mdc rally especially in bulawayo

mr tee - 10 July 2013

You don't have to tell us who you belong to. Its your actions that speak. You have a bright future as a musician but when certain sections of your funs feel you are aligning yourself to some political party, start packing your bags coz your musical career is fast coming to an end.

mwanawevhu - 10 July 2013

Dai anga ari weZANU angadai angotaura pachena. Ko kutyei? Aingoitao se mapostori vanofudzwa sehwai. Pamberi newe Jah!

MWANAWEVU - 10 July 2013

Dai anga ari weZANU angadai angotaura pachena. Ko kutyei? Aingoitao se mapostori vanofudzwa sehwai. Pamberi newe Jah!

MWANAWEVU - 10 July 2013

This guy is a fool. Remember he comes from Uzumba, where a zanu pf candidate can get as much as 30 000 votes. Its natural that Mukombe is a die hard mugabe surrogate. But i want to tell him this, he is coming to the end of his carrier at this young age. Zanu pf will vomit you in few weeks time and left in the cold. Rega mai vako kumusha vaite zve zanu, iwewe ita business rako. You will licking Chiyangwa fat a*ss in chinhoyi few weeks ago. Inga wakaimba ndiwe kuti NGWARAI

zvikombo - 10 July 2013

kikiki, siyai mwana uyu akadaro, BERAKING NEWS-visit my zimbabwe wbsite and see pictures of vendors running away from chematama in mt drwin and madziwa, kikikiki

reason - 10 July 2013

pliz zimbabweans mupfana aidawo mari plus dai akaramba aitova ma1111 kwaari. i know akamanikidzwa

tapiwa - 10 July 2013

Reason unepfungwa dzewaya iwe. Mavendor vakangavasingatize Save asi kuti vaitiza maborder gezi avo vangavavachichidzira kuti munhu watinoona ari parally yaSave hambooni zuva kunyura kwaro. Period.

Cde James - 11 July 2013

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