Jah Prayzah, Charma Gal dazzle Byo

BULAWAYO - Crowd favourite Jah Prayzah repaid his Bulawayo fans by holding the second launch of his fifth album Kumbumura Mhute in the City of Kings on Thursday night.

The album launch which came on the back of a similar event in Harare a day earlier, attracted a fairly big crowd.

Jah Prayzah, who has regularly performed in Bulawayo over the past two years, told the Daily News that his first ever album launch in the city was in recognition of the great support he continues to get from City of Kings music fans.

“I have done many shows here and the attendance has been always good, so I felt that I would have done myself a disservice if I failed to show my fans here that they are equally important to me,” Prayzah told the Daily News.

Despite initial misgivings about the high admission charge, Jah Prayzah’s allure still attracted a sizable crowd that never stopped dancing throughout the event.

As Jah Prayzah, whose real name is Mukudzei Mukombe, was performing several fans could be heard repeatedly alluding that the rising music star would be the next Oliver Mtukudzi.

The lanky musician dazzled the receptive crowd with a well-choreographed presentation which was full of mock military drills.

The popular musician showcased all tracks from his new album before performing songs gleaned from his four previous albums.

Though Kumbumura Mhute was not auctioned during the Bulawayo launch, copies of the CDs which were on sale at the venue were quickly sold out.

The no-show of songstress Sandra Ndebele, who had initially been billed to curtain-raise the launch held at Rainbow Hotel due to her commitments at the Independence Gala in Harare, did not dampen the colourful launch.

Ndebele’s absence was adequately compensated for by the surprise appearance of Botswana diva Magdeline Lesolebe popularly known as Charma Gal who raised the mood of the show to another level.

Dressed in a military style uniform and safety shoes just like members of the Third Generation band, Charma Gal charmed the crowd during her duet with Jah Prayzah on the song Dalie Wangu.

The Tswana star then raised temperatures on the dance floor when she performed one song with the backing of Jah Prayzah’s Third Generation band.

Charma Gal revealed to the Daily News after the concert how Jah Prayzah wooed her into doing a duet.

“He approached me in 2010 and after that he made three more visits to Botswana trying to convince me to collaborate with him,” said the Tswana musician.

“I am happy he never gave up. Unfortunately I knew nothing about him then.

“After finding out that he was a popular artiste in Zimbabwe I then agreed to collaborate with him.

“This is quite a powerful initiative. We hope our governments will support such initiatives so as to promote African culture and talent,” said Charma Gal who is a founding member of popular Botswana, group Culture Spears.

Now that her duet with Jah Prayzah is out of the way, the Tswana star has set her sights on collaborating with music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi.

“Mtukudzi is such a popular and seasoned musician. I met him in 2009 and I also met him at Jah Prayzah’s album launch in Harare but I am still to engage him,” she said.

Jah Prayzah admitted that convincing Charma Gal to feature on his song was not a walk in the park.

“It is a dream come true. I have always been a good fan of her although she didn’t know that.

“I went there (Botswana) several times after having been connected by a friend trying to convince her to be part of my new project.

“Finally she agreed and I am happy that we actually did a powerful collaboration,” said Jah Prayzah.

The Gochi Gochi singer revealed that the shooting of the video for Dalie Wangu had already begun.

“On our way from Harare, we managed to do some shots and here in Bulawayo we are also going to make one or two and I can assure you the video will be ready soon,” Prayzah said.

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