Jah Seed ready to help Zim artistes

HARARE - Bongo Maffin’s Jah Seed, who was recently in Harare, has promised to use his extensive links in South Africa and elsewhere to help Zimbabwean artistes reach a wider audience.

The Zimbabwean artiste co-founded the famous Johannesburg-based African Storm Sound System in 1996 with Andy “Admiral” Kasrils — son of former South African intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils.

“Steadily and surely, I would like to use some of the platforms I have established in South Africa namely radio, television  and the club scene to help profile some of the huge talent we have here,” the Dai Ndiri Shiri singer told the Daily News.

“I want to assist them reach a much wider audience and hopefully also help to establish collaborations on the greater African diaspora and overseas.”

The veteran musician, who was born Anesu Mupemhi was, however, quick to caution upcoming artistes against expecting an easy ride in the entertainment industry.

“Patience, consistency and hard work are key as well as the desire to challenge oneself on all fronts of entertainment. As an entertainer, you cannot only focus on one thing or one side of the business, 360 degrees is the way to go Rasta. The youths are working hard and they must not be weary because success is guaranteed eventually,” he said.

The Mbare-bred artiste also took the opportunity to explain the operations of Bongo Maffin-the group he jointly formed with the South African duo of Thandiswa Mazwai and Stoan in Cape Town 19 years ago.

“Bongo Maffin is on and off depending on the availability of all the members to partake in gigs. In between that, one needs to study just to keep the brain challenged because it is a challenging life indeed,” said Jah Seed who follows the Rastafarian religion.

During his recent visit to Harare, the unassuming artiste ignited the Book cafe with his powerful and solid vocal abilities at the birthday bash of young hip-hop artiste Tehn Diamond.

Despite not being part of the original programme, the talented artiste still gave a performance to remember. Sporting his trademark thick dreadlocks, the affable Jah Seed stormed the stage and greeted his fans making special mention of his beloved Mhofu totem probably in a bid to let the audience know that he has not lost touch with his culture despite his long stint in South Africa.

He triggered wild scenes on the dance floor with the performance of the popular Bongo Maffin classic Dai Ndiri Shiri. Sadly, his performance was a short one.

Jah Seed made it very clear that he had agreed to make the unscheduled cameo in order to give moral support to birthday boy Ten Diamond.

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Zimbabwean artistes lack entrepreneurial skills not to mention public relation skills before they tour other nations

Motsi - 10 February 2015

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