Jah Prayzah lights up Agric Show

HARARE - If Jah Prayzah needed some proof that he is now among Zimbabwe’s leading entertainers, then he must have been chuffed to be the main act in the Saturday night finale of the Harare Agricultural Show.

For the organisers to choose the Uzumba-born singer to sign off an entertainment-filled show week in which sungura kingpin Alick Macheso and dendera star Suluman Chimbetu also performed, is testament to Jah Prayzah’s new-found lofty status.

Such was the popularity of Jah Prayzah during the Harare Agricultural Show closing night that marches and drills by a unit of the presidential guard were prematurely ended.

Impatient fans of the lanky musician who wanted their hero to start performing immediately, stormed into the centre of the Glamis Stadium.

Despite being the main performer, the Tsviriyo singer who was sharing the stage with Sniper Storm and the hilarious Dadza D, took to the stage first to calm down the restive capacity crowd.

Dressed in his usual military outfit, Jah Prayzah sent the crowd wild with excitement as he dropped hit after hit mainly from his latest album Tsviriyo. With the lively crowd singing along, it was truly a great show befitting the finale of Zimbabwe’s premier agricultural show.

Sisiriya, Mwanasikana and Tsviriyo proved to be the fans’ favourites on the night. The soldier-wannabe, who was heading for another show in the Rainbow Towers grounds, left the stage after an hour with the crowd still demanding more.

Dadza D, popular for the hits Uyu Ndiyani and Magetsi Aenda, did his reputation no harm when he took over from the crowd favourite Jah Prayzah with an energetic performance.

But the honour of being the final performer of the 2013 Harare Agricultural Show closing night belonged to National Arts Merit Award (Nama) winner Sniper Storm who, like Jah Prayzah, glorifies the military.

Snipper Storm, whose real name is Donald Chirisa, thrilled the animated crowd with popular hits like Love Yemusoja and Mwari Ndibatsirei.

The man who prefers to call himself the General, who like Jah Prayzah was dressed in mock military attire, provided an apt end to this year’s show.

Away from the Saturday night finale, the 2013 Harare Agricultural Show went some way in proving that Guspy Warrior’s Seunononga is Zimbabwe’s most popular song by a mile. Judging by its popularity during the show, it won’t be a surprise if the song wins several Song of the Year awards in December.

At stands like First Mutual, Safaids and Pinda Musmart where many young people congregated, Seunononga was the song of choice.

Ironically, Guspy Warrior was not among the musicians who performed during 2013 Harare Agricultural Show.


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