Another Jah Prayzah 'copycat' emerges

HARARE - Upcoming musician Innocent “Bontoman” Chinyani has joined artistes like Andy Muridzo and Commander Lee who imitate Jah Prayzah.

Bontoman, who appears to have mastered the art of imitating the Watora Mari hit-maker, has just released his fourth album titled MaVendor which can easily be mistaken for a Jah Prayzah production.

The Uzumba-born rookie artiste is not apologetic about mimicking Jah Prayzah.

“I was inspired by Jah Prayzah, who like me, comes from Uzumba. I was also inspired by international artistes like Fantan Moja and Joseph Hill.

“Back in my home area, Jah Prayzah is our hero and as such there is nothing wrong following in the footsteps of my icon,” the 23-year-old Bontoman said.

Songs making the controversial album which was launched at Dandaro Inn a couple of weeks ago are Yahwe, MaVendor, Nguva Yerudo, Pfumo Nebakato, Tinosangana, Zvirimberi, Chihwande and Maguta.

Like Muridzo and Commander Lee, Bontoman has been supported by Partson Chimbodza of Chipaz Promotions who sees nothing wrong with bankrolling “copycats.”

“I do not care about who imitates who but I am only interested in talent. Every footballer wants to play soccer like Lionel Messi so there is nothing wrong about that,” said Chimbodza.

He added that his ultimate aim is to create more crowd-pulling artistes.

“So far in Zimbabwe we only have less than 10 popular artistes who are real crowd-pullers and these cannot cover the entire country that is why I want to produce more quality artistes,” said Chimbodza.

The award-winning promoter denied allegations that he is out to derail Jah Prayzah.

“It is not like I am plotting Jah Prayzah’s downfall, not at all. I have nothing against Jah Prayzah. I am still in good books with him. Even though I had disagreements with Muridzo, this won’t  stop me from promoting other talented young artistes,” he said.

Jah Prayzah’s manager Keen Mushapaidze told the Daily News the music star was happy with the “endorsement” from upcoming artistes.

“Jah Prayzah is not the first artiste to inspire other rising musicians; we have gurus like Oliver Mtukudzi and Alick Macheso who have inspired a lot of artistes.

“We wish them well and we are prepared to assist them for example Jah Prayzah has collaborated with Muridzo on his debut album and Bontoman came to the office seeking guidance and he was helped by Jah Prayzah,” Mushapaidze said.

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