HARARE - Award-winning musician Jah Prayzah says his current recording company Diamond Studios will not handle his forthcoming 10-track album Jerusarema set to be launched in May at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC).
The Uzumba-born musician has entered into a new record deal with Jive Zimbabwe after dumping Diamond Studios which recorded and distributed several of his hit albums, including Tsviriyo.
Jah Prayzah confirmed his departure from Diamond Studios but was unwilling to give more details.
“I just want to change the stable; I just want to try new things,” was all he could say on the matter.
The Gochi Gochi-singer, who walked away empty-handed at the recent National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) ceremony held on Valentine’s Day, was more forthcoming on his soon-to-be launched sixth album.
“All is set for the launch of Jerusarema which we are sure will excite our growing band of fans. It will be of a high standard just like all my other albums. The launch will be held on May 22 at HICC,” he said.
While Jah Prayzah insisted in an interview with the Daily News that all the 10 tracks on the forthcoming album were equally good, he singled out tracks like Chinamira, Jerusarema and Daira as potential hits.
The award-winning artiste said the name of the album is meant to pay homage to the Jerusarema dance.
“Jerusarema is a name of a traditional dance popular in Mashonaland East province, particularly in my home area of Uzumba, “said the Tsviriyo-singer.
The 27-year-old musician burst on to the Zimbabwean music scene with the album Rudo Nerunyararo in 2007 and has made remarkable progress since.
The highlight of his career was in 2013 when he scooped four awards at the 13th edition of Nama.
Jah Prayzah won Outstanding Male Musician, Outstanding Album, Outstanding Song as well as the People’s Choice awards.
The other albums from the rising star of Zimbabwean music include Sungano Yerudo (2009), Ngwarira Kuparara (2011), Tsviriyo (2013) and Kumbumura Mhute (2014).