JJ expecting child with Zambian singer

HARARE - Ex-Big Brother Africa (BBA) star Jerome “JJ” Arab is expecting a child with top Zambian songtress Namvula Rennie.

A delighted JJ, who represented Zimbabwe in the 2014 edition of BBA, posted a video on Instagram and Facebook of the first baby scan with the caption: “I am so excited and thank you God for this blessing...”

In an interview with the Daily News from Lusaka, JJ confirmed that he has been dating the highly-rated Namvula, who was born to a Zambian mother and Scottish father.

“We have been dating for just under a year. We are expecting the baby end of July or beginning of August,” JJ said.

The two met two years ago in Zambia.

“She was shooting a music video in Lusaka with Mojo Media and I was doing the same with my Zambian brother James Sakala. He had worked with her on her last album Shiwezwa and decided to introduce us. No fireworks from the get-go but now I can honestly say I have never been more in love,” said the former Zimbabwean BBA representative.

Though both are musicians, JJ was quick to point out that they try as much as possible not to interfere with each other’s creative processes.

“It is hard to stay out of each other’s music lives as we both have to manage ourselves which means every now and then we definitely have to assist each other with writing, melodies and planning shows but I try and keep my work, especially the stuff inspired by her to myself and she likes to work on her stuff separately,” he said.

JJ’s relationship with the Zambian folk songstress has inspired him to come up with an album titled Learning Love.

“This album is all about falling in love, falling out of love and being in love.  The amount of emotions swimming around inside you can inspire some great music. Love is a feeling and therefore it cannot be explained but only shown. This is me learning love,” he told the Daily News.

JJ intends to release the album on February 8 before a tour of southern Africa.

“Tracks on the album are Strawberry Moon, Sitandane, Come Ova, Your Love, Why/ Love you Better, Pieces and Letter to...

The Tour is made up of five countries, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia,” he said.

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