HARARE: Last Friday, all roads led to Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) where Uzumba-bred musician Jah Prayzah launched his eighth album, “Kutonga Kwaro” Though things started on a low note with fans disappointed that Nigerian superstar Davido was no longer coming, the event later turned magical and his replacements Oliver Mtukudzi and Winky D did not disappoint.

From a surprise performance by Zambia’s Mampi who blew away the crowd to Jah Prayzah’s collaboration with Nigerian afro pop songstress Yemi Alade, the night was full of surprises. The gig, which was scheduled to start around 8pm, was delayed and it appeared it would be a flop as the venue was half empty around 10pm. People however, started pouring in around 11pm and in no time, HICC was fully packed with music lovers ready to have a good time.

 Contemporary musician Ba Shupi opened the show with his popular songs, “Akarohwa Mari”, “Ma1” and “Mainini”. He did his “Zvigure” dance and the crowd enjoyed his performance which lasted for about 20 minutes. That is the thing about big shows like this, supporting acts should not perform for a long time otherwise they upset the crowd who would have come to see the main acts. Rising afro jazz crooner Mbeu performed next and he visibly excited his mentor Tuku who was clapping and nodding throughout his performance.

Rumbidzai “Newsbae” Takawira and Nigel Mushapaidze affectionately known as Dual Sim were the event’s hosts and they came all glammed up. Comedian Samantha “Gonyeti” Kureya was the one to introduce the guest of honour, Wicknell Chivayo who came with his sturdy pocket. Chivayo officially bought the first copy of “Kutonga Kwaro” for $10 000 and added an extra $2 000 cash to Jah Prayzah’s wife as a token of appreciation for taking good care of the musician.

“I am happy to be part of this and I do not want to just thank Jah Prayzah alone but his wife as well. He would not be the man he is today if it was not for his wife and with that being said, this is to say thank you for that,’ said Chivayo.

After his speech, there was a special screening of Jah Prayzah’s two videos for “Nziyo Yerudo” featuring Yemi Alade and “Chengetedza” which surprisingly many knew the lyrics to. The videos will live to people’s expectations as Jah Prayzah is known for producing high quality and well-scripted videos. Even Jah Prayzah himself could not hide his excitement about the videos and confessed how star struck he was to do a song with Nigerian diva Yemi Alade. state media