Jah Prayzah, Zhakata, Shumba rock Mutare

MUTARE - There was a downpour in Mutare on Saturday but that could not deter music fans from attending concerts featuring Jah Prayzah, Leonard Zhakata and Blessing Shumba.

Hundreds thronged Pick and Save entertainment joint where Jah Prayzah and Leonard Zhakata put up memorable performances.

First on stage was Zhakata who rolled back the years by performing songs such as Gomba Remarara and Mugove before unleashing recent release Dhonza Makomborero.

The Zora star kept music fans on their toes throughout his four-hour slot with his dancers wowing the ecstatic crowd with their intricate moves.

Jah Prayzah, who recently got bad press for copying the beat on his hit song Mwanasikana from Ghanaian musician Emmanuel Samini, took over at 1am and appeared not to have been affected by the “song theft”  furore .

He kicked off his act by sampling new songs set to feature on his forthcoming album set for March next year.

The crowd was visibly blown away by the potentially powerful new songs.

But the Third Generation front man, who was donning the usual military regalia, saved the best for last.  The dance floor became a hive of activity when he performed popular hits Sungano, Kumbumura Mhute, Cecilia, and Dali Wami.

Earlier that day at Beit Hall, award-winning gospel musician Shumba gave an enthralling act before scores of excited fans.

He performed most of the songs on his four albums Ishe Wazvose, NdiMwari, Shongwe and Holy Psalms.

Shumba’s tantalising performance was in stark contrast to the dilapidated Beit Hall which is clearly in need of a major facelift.

The only blight on the Mutare entertainment scene over the weekend was the no-show of Francis “Franco Slomo” Dhaka and his Extra Kwazvose band who were scheduled to perform at an afternoon family show at Courtyard on Sunday.

Efforts to get a comment from the sungura outfit were fruitless as their mobile phones were not reachable.

The rumour mill had it, though, that they opted not to perform in Mutare because they feared to attract a pathetic crowd since crowd puller Jah Prayzah was also in the Eastern border town.Jah Prayzah,

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