Jah Prayzah celebrates 29th birthday

HARARE - Afro-jazz musician Jah Prayzah real name Mukudzei Mukombe is celebrating his 29th album tonight at Big Apple in Harare.

Next month, Jah Prayzah will be unveiling his latest offering Mudhara Vachauya at Harare International Conference Centre on August 12.

Since the Uzumba-born artiste shot to fame in 2009, thanks to his second album Sungano Yerudo,  he has become one of the few artistes who shows consistency when it comes to releasing albums on yearly basis.

The majority of artistes in the country are hesitant to release new albums mainly due to piracy.

“Piracy is here to stay, whether one releases an album after 10 years, it will make no difference as the product is going to suffer the same consequences,” said Jah Prayzah.

Most of the songs on the forthcoming 10-track album are complete and fans can now sing along to most of these new tracks on his concerts.

Some of the songs on the album include the title track Mudhara Vachauya, Goto and Seke Mutema among others.

However, from all his albums which include Rudo Nerunyararo (2007) Sungano Yerudo, Ngwarira Kuparara (2011) and award-winning album Tsviriyo and Kumbumura Mhute, Jah Prayzah singles out Jerusarema as an outstanding album which transformed his life for the better.

“I have learnt that the album Jerusarema carries all hit songs, in our concerts fans can sing along to all the tracks from the album.

“Jerusarema is one album that made people to believe in my music though before releasing the album I doubted the strength of the song Eriza.

“In fact, I was not willing to include it on the final album — Jerusarema — but thanks to my management who persuaded me to include it.

“The only song I was sure of is Jerusarema the title track,” he said.

With the blessings of Jerusarema, Jah Prayzah has managed to open two studios, an events management company by the name JP Events, to acquire a house in Harare and is driving top-of-the range cars among others.

Tryson debuts at Legends Sports Diner

DENDERA artiste Tryson Chimbetu is performing at Marondera’s Legends Sports Diner tomorrow for the first time since he launched his musical career a couple of years ago.

The joint is owned by award- winning promoter Daniel Masaiti.

“He will be sharing the stage with my resident Dj called Ninja. We are looking forward to his maiden performance at the joint.

“We have responded to fans’ request. Next weekend we will be hosting Suluman Chimbetu and Tendai Dembo in a gig themed ‘Sons of the Legends’ so it will be Dendera music through and through,” Masaiti said.

Tryson, the eldest son of the late musician Naison Chimbetu popularly known as Dr Nero in showbiz, is upholding the family’s musical legacy together with other musicians such as Suluman and Douglas.

The Dendera musical flag was raised by Simon and Naison in mid 70s.

Chimbetu has more than three albums under his belt and some of his albums include Marxist Revival, Bvamrod, Compass and Nguva YaChimbetu an album featuring Macheso on a track called Vegetables.

Ballantyne Park hosts fun run/walk

ON Sunday people will converge at Ballantyne Park for a Family Fun Run or Walk with registration beginning on Saturday from 9 to 11am, and on Sunday from 7 to 8.30am.

The Ballantyne Park Conservancy Trust, a non-profit organisation run totally by volunteers, will host this event, which will be used to raise funds for the continued rehabilitation and maintenance of Ballantyne, Blair and Staley Parks.

A tremendous amount of work has been done over the past two years to clear the rubbish dumped in the parks over the previous years.

The parks are at a stage where they can be used, for running, walking dogs and generally relaxing in nature, by residents and visitors.

With the number of visitors to the parks increasing, it is now essential that the toilets are repaired and made functional.

It was established many years ago and proved to be a well-liked weekend picnic spot for local residents. Three dams were built by the City of Harare Municipality, namely Ballantyne, Blair and Staley; and these provided different sites (each is a park in its own right) that could be used by the public.

Fishing was a popular pastime and the open stretches of water, combined with well-wooded surroundings, soon attracted a wide variety of bird species. 

Zimpraise record live DVD

ZIMPRAISE Choir will tomorrow (Saturday) host the Hyms Night 2 Live DVD Recording from 2pm at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC).

Last year, they recorded their season eight live DVD recording titled, The Second Coming as well as Hyms Night 1.

Zimpraise is an interdenominational praise and worship group of passionate Christian musicians from different backgrounds and denominations. The aim of uniting the nations through music for God’s glory is what gave birth to Zimpraise in October of 2006.

The dynamic interdenominational choir has since its inception in 2006 produced eight projects with Volume 1 and 2 being audio projects.

Season 3 (The Power) was subsequently followed by  Season 4 (The Covenant), Season 5  was  the first Zimpraise women’s project, (Women of Praise), Season 6 (It’s All about Jesus) and its latest offering Season 7 (The Revelation-It’s Still All about Jesus) . All in all  they have released four albums and four live DVDs.

The 150-strong member choir which is constantly working on creative ways to pioneer a new and fresh sound, retraces its footsteps and digs deep into the hymn book as it will sing hymns that formed the foundations of today`s church.

In an era where these songs have been replaced by hip-hop musical compositions, the choir explores and embraces the soulful rich harmonies and charismatic hymns. 

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