Jah Prayzah, Sulu should stop being greedy

HARARE - Musicians Jah Prayzah and Suluman Chimbetu, rank among the top crowd pullers on the local showbiz but are becoming a bit greedy as witnessed on Saturday when they short-changed music fans by performing at three different venues each.

Imagine that on this eventful Saturday Jah Prayzah first performed in Kadoma, then at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) in Harare where he shared the stage with South African songbird Zahara during the Star FM’s People’s Choice Awards and then completed his marathon at Pakare Paye Arts Centre in Norton where he joined among others Oliver Mtukudzi, South Africa’s Ringo and Chimbetu to celebrate 40 years of Tuku Music.

And we are not even talking about his Friday engagements.

On the other hand, Sulu could not be outdone, performing in Marondera first, then like Jah Prayzah had to criss-cross to Harare for the Star FM’s People’s Choice and then completed the amazing venture performing in Norton to celebrate 40 years of Tuku Music.

Jah Prayzah and Sulu should not behave like cattle coming from a dry area that have suddenly found too much green grass in some wild veld and want to graze around the clock — they will choke.

The duo should be content with satisfying their audiences first than trying to capitalise on their current popularity while in the process confusing and short-changing their audiences.

Imagine how confusing it was for someone who follows these two musicians when they appeared on three different adverts, all advertising that they would be performing at these events on the same day.

One poster says Jah Prayzah and Sulu are performing at HICC, yet another one says they are performing in Norton. On the other hand, radio station Star FM while capitalising on its potential reach was announcing every other second that Jah Prayzah and Sulu were performing at HICC on that Saturday yet in Marondera there were posters all over advertising Sulu’s show and in Kadoma audiences were expecting Jah Prayzah.

So where should a Jah Prayzah or Sulu fan go when confronted with three different venues being advertised for the same day?

And never on the advertisements did they tell their confused audiences what time they were performing. Munonozviona masvika ikoko!

(you will see it when you get there)

For instance, some audiences who had come to HICC to watch Jah Prayzah arrived late and found him having performed — he had to rush to Norton — while some had to leave the HICC after midnight without seeing Sulu perform because probably he was still performing in Norton.

What confusion and what greed — this should stop in all fairness.

And I felt sorry for both Jah Prayzah and Sulu’s band members who had to travel by road to all these different venues and without enough rest performed to fresh, excited audiences that never knew they were tired already.

But I could feel for Jah Prayzah’s dancers, especially the two female ones who had to energetically “shake their boot” for more than six hours — this considering that maybe they performed at least two hours at each of the gigs.

I am sure it should take a lot for Jah Prayzah or Sulu to stage a single show to the satisfaction of a paying audience, but then I shudder when they play at three different venues on a single day.

It puts the whole band in danger as these guys had to criss-cross the country from one venue to another, indeed in the process speeding to catch up on assignments.

And one wonders because these bands — we assume they are professionals — should do sound checks before they perform. Do they have any time to sound check or it is just performing regardless and I think it is this attitude; “who cares, the audiences do not really understand if strings are out of tune.”

To Jah Prayzah and Sulu, I know money is tight these days and the more you guys are engaged the more you earn, fair in a sense. But have you ever sat down to think about the audiences who are also parting with their hard- earned dollar to watch you perform?

Are you happy with the few songs that you perform for them and dash away to your next assignment?

Everyone understands we are in the festive season but a word of advice is that please do not burn yourselves out. Take it easy and take into account your fellow band members’ workload — you might be making money but is it not too much for them as well?

Are you not putting your band and yourself at risk as you drive and speed to assignments, most of them during the dead of night?

Jah Prayzah and Sulu, you should learn to say NO when you are already booked because what you did on Saturday is not professional at all.

Your actions can also put promoters in a fix when audiences demand your presence while you are performing elsewhere or even racing from one venue to another.

The two of you have over the years made money from music, especially live shows and I would like to believe you are not like cattle coming from a dry area at all. What I see is greed in your actions, and I say it again, it is greed!

Comments (4)

Totally agree its confusing especially some of us fans end up leaving after paying before the artist even plays, When you hear he is playing 80km away from you and its already midnight.

Tawa - 8 December 2015

Haaaaaa good thing its an opinion. But hapana selfishness wangu. Iwe ungati wapihwa cash woramba here? Iwewe munyori seat down with Jah and he will tell you there was a time he would jam once the whole weekend. Time and chance are given to all. this is their time. Plus futi you got your facts wrong. Sulu never went to the hicc, he started in Norton and ended the night in Marondera. Fans kudiii kwacho. Hanty na promoter they agree on times saka problem yako iri papi? Hapana nezve opinion apo. Gara pasi unzwisise sei vanchidaidzwa. local artists are not investing in their craft, thats why its all Jah and Sulu coz they work hard and there is no denying it. Hapana zvanyogwa apo. Noise dzega dzega.

Major - 8 December 2015

Confusing what? It's all about business and business is money. These guys are at work and the concept of demand and supply is working to their side. They should make as much money as they can with the best paying audience. Unofunga kuti vangauya kwauri iwe wabhadhara $3 ticket yet someone has paid $15/$20 ticket. Let them make money for their families. Kana wasvotwa nazvo stop supporting them ugoona vachifa nezhara. That's business. Do you think they are charity workers? They work for the biggest possible profit ever to come their way, not for you and your family. Kkkkkk!!

Dhurun'aru - 8 December 2015

Dhurun'aru wataura idi iwe. Chamugwadza ipapa chii. Iye editor anatwowo. Kutosiya tsvina dzakadai dzichibuda mupepa. LOL

Major - 8 December 2015

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