Jah Prayzah's 'Mudhara Achauya' resonates

HARARE - While the past three months have been a trip to hell for music star Jah Prayzah who has been repeatedly accused of allegedly composing songs meant to prop up former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, the lanky star maybe having the last laugh.

In September, the Children of War Veterans, in a statement posted on Facebook by one of its leaders, Munyaradzi Shoko, sensationally accused the Watora Mari hit-maker of meddling in Zanu PF party factional politics. 

“You are reportedly targeting certain groups of individuals in the party after you released the popular Mudhara Achauya song dedicating it to your factionalist (Mnangagwa), something you publicly denied.

“Today, we hear you are about to release a song entitled Kutonga kwaro —  another album intended at fanning factionalism.

“Do not be blinded by the fact that you are allowed to wear Zimbabwe Defence  Forces (ZDF) uniforms at your shows, neither should you be over excited by the drama raunoita uchizvipa security seya president iya around you wotofunga kuti wakatsika chinhu…You are digging your own grave,” said Shoko.

The Children of War Veterans and other supporters of President Robert Mugabe were particularly incensed after the Uzumba-born artiste’s latest studio album titled Kutonga Kwaro, which was released on October 13 this year, was cheekily renamed Kutonga Kwaro Garwe by some people pushing for Mnangagwa to take over from Mugabe.

Garwe is Mnangagwa’s nickname.

There are also claims that the music’s star assault at the burial of his former chief of security Chris Nyemba at Glen Forest Cemetery at the beginning of this month was allegedly perpetrated by people with leanings to the pro-Mugabe G40 faction.

In 2015, the former VP officiated at Jah Prayzah’s album launch for the record, Jerusarema.

But in an interesting twist, the pro-Mugabe G40 faction adopted Mudhara Achauya as the “theme song” at Mugabe’s presidential youth interface rallies that took place across the country.

Mudhara Achauya was played as the 93-year-old leader made his way to the podium.

With Jah Prayzah appearing to be in a cul de sac, Zimbabweans woke up on Wednesday morning to the news that the Zimbabwe Defence Forces had put Mugabe under house arrest in addition to arresting his chief supporters who include Jonathan Moyo and Saviour Kasukuwere.

It is interesting to note that Jah Prayzah is the ambassador for the Constantino Chiwenga-led Zimbabwe Defence Forces who are determined to install Mnangagwa as the successor for the embattled Mugabe.

Though the Watorwa Mari hit-maker has repeatedly denied any political leanings, he could reap benefits from his perceived association with Mnangagwa should Ngwena, as the former vice president is known by his supporters, make it to State house.

For over a year, pro-Mugabe supporters and Mnangagwa’s backers have been involved in a tug of war over the hit Mudhara Achauya with the former vice president’s supporters claiming that the song was a prophectic track about Mnangagwa’s ascension to power.

The song praises a powerful father figure —Shumba inoruma (a vicious lion).

Interestingly, Mnangagwa is of the Shumba totem.

If Mnangagwa goes on to become Zimbabwe’s new head of State, he would have proved to Mugabe that he is the real powerful father figure; the ultimate saviour that Zimbabweans have been waiting for to rescue them from the yoke of Mugabe’s painful misrule.

The hit Kutonga Kwaro is even more fitting for the unfolding political situation as it is about the arrival of a hero who will usher in a new dispensation.

Part of the hit goes: “Hero rasvika gamba (the hero has arrived).”

The song further suggests that the new hero will introduce new rules of engagement.

“Ndaakuchinja mutemo (I am introducing new laws)…Zaruraiwo dura (open the granary)...nyangwe huku dzamawundura (even the chicken you have dressed)”.

The song’s call for the granary to be opened could be interpreted as saying that the new hero wants the wealth of the country, metaphorically stored in the granary, to benefit many people.

The last part of the song is even more topical given the hurdles he has had to negotiate to get this far.

“Kundinyenyeredza munzira vanondidedera (you don’t want to give a chance because you are afraid of me.) Nyangwe kutondizonda ndakavaorora ini (They hate me because they have failed to suppress me.)”

After months of threats from pro-G4O hirelings, Jah Prayzah appears to be on the cusp of a new lease of life.

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