Jah Prayzah to grace Chibuku Road to Fame

HARARE - Red-hot Jah Prayzah, sungura kingpin Alick Macheso as well as Zimdancehall stars Killer T and Winky D are among several high profile artistes billed to perform at Chibuku Road to Fame finals set for the Glamis Arena on September 26.

Other notable musicians that will also perform at the event are bands that emerged as champions in the country’s 10 provinces, including Zimdancehall artiste Shinsoman, sungura musician First Farai and last year’s winners of the competition, Attack Jazz Band.

Jah Prayzah’s band manager and publicist, Keen Mashapaidze told the Daily News that the Jerusarema singer was looking forward to performing at the annual event.

“This is not the first time for us to showcase at this platform. We really value the platform considering that we get to mentor and inspire upcoming musicians.

“When we were still amateurs in the industry we used to get those platforms where we shared stages with the likes of Oliver Mtukudzi and Alick Macheso among others. We really know what it means sharing the stage with veterans,” said Mashapaidze.

He added that even experienced artistes can learn a trick or two from upcoming musicians.

“Apart from inspiring the Chibuku Road to Fame finalists, we also get to learn from them. It is a win-win situation,” said Jah Prayzah’s band manager adding that the award-winning artiste will also perform at the Police Commissioner Funfair in Harare and Mashonaland East Agricultural show in Marondera on the same day.

Adequate Sounds, the sungura band representing Harare, is determined to win the grand prize.

“We do not want to disappoint and we are certain that we are going to make it next week,” said the 23-year-old Tendai Ngwazi, who is brother to Njanja Express leader Mark Ngwazi, whose group won the Chibuku Road to Fame for Harare last year.

Adequate Sounds will battle it out with nine other provincial champions that include Those Guys (Midlands) Mark Sounds ( Manicaland),African (Mashonaland East), rhumba group Makokoba Rumba Sounds from Bulawayo, Grade 2D, a sungura outfit from Mashonaland West, Afro-pop group Wezhira from Masvingo and Motto Super Sounds from Matabeleland South.

The annual music competition is organised by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe under a sponsorship package availed by Delta Beverages through their Chibuku brand.

Last year the national finals were won by Mashonaland West province’s Attack Jazz Band while The Way Band were the champions in 2013.

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