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.