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Full house at Jah Prayzah’s Chitubu launch

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Jah Prayzah may want to consider launching his next album at the National Sport’s Stadium as his recent launch of Chitubu at the HICC last weekend was oversubscribed.

Filling the 5 000 capacity auditorium at about 11 PM on Friday, Jah Prayzah, a much-sought-after artiste proved that he had outgrown the HICC just like he has done with the Amphitheatre in Bulawayo.

Revellers had made their way to the venue at the Rainbow Towers Hotel in their numbers from about 6 PM.

And by 11 PM, the place was full to the brim with hundreds still outside.

With a lineup of talented artists, ExQ, Enzo Ishal of the Kanjiva fame, Killer T, Nutty O, Freeman and Mbeu among others, the event was certainly worth attending as the artists did not disappoint.

To top it all off was the world-class stage, lighting and sound that was all provided by local company Events Evolution.

Taking to the stage just after 11 PM, Jah Prayzah was introduced to the crowd by his Military Touch Movement stablemate ExQ when they performed their Pahukama track.

The hyped up audience was so ecstatic when they saw their star as this signalled the beginning of the launch.

Before unveiling the new album, a visibly overwhelmed Jah Prayzah who was shocked by the attendance thanked the crowd for supporting him by packing the HICC. He then began his set with a performance of Chitubu followed by a mellow track, Chikomo.

The title track of the album was well received because it had been released a week before so people were now acquainted with it. Up-tempo tunes like Dangerous, Dzamutsana and Tuachira will likely be hits during this summer season as they all got the crowd in a celebratory mood.

With experience from last year’s launch where Jah Prayzah had difficulties performing the new tracks because the crowd was not so responsive, the artiste this year was clever about it as he fused the new tracks with his old hits.

He, however, performed less than six tracks from the 13-track album.

At one point, it felt like a Zumba session as Jah Prayzah’s energy on stage was so infectious and really got the crowd in the mood to have fun.

Like a Zimdancehall concert, there were times, especially during the performance of Hosanna, when the crowd was seen jumping up and down just like their artiste was doing on stage. Sadly, thieves who were on high alert would strike at such times.

Listening to the new tracks, it was evident the ‘old’ Jah Prayzah whom music lovers fell in love with because of his contemporary, traditional vibe from the Tsviriyo days was back and with a bang.

Trying to make a mark on the international scene, Jah Prayzah was fast losing the plot by ditching his traditional feel opting for an Afro-pop sound.

But on this new album, he definitely returned to his roots. Not shunning his international market, the album has a collaboration – Follow Me that features Nigeria’s Patoranking.

This track which ideally was supposed to have been launched with a music video was instead spiced up with dancers who mesmerised the audience with their well-choreographed routine.

And wow, how relieving it was to listen to a track where Jah Prayzah was not trying too hard to fit in like he has been doing with previous international collaborations.

On this track, one cannot distinguish him from Patoranking as the two artistes complemented each other very well.

There is also another collaboration with Kenyan artiste Sauti Sol titled Special Somebody that will likely be a favourite of many women like My Lilly.

Jah Prayzah’s album launch certainly came at the right time as music lovers had been starved of quality entertainment in the capital.

This was mainly because of the ban by the government on all public gatherings as part of measures to contain cholera. Also, with the ongoing price hikes, this show was much needed as it brought cheers.

It also proved that with unity, local musicians can go far as cameo appearances by artistes Ammara Brown and Baba Harare made the event more exciting.

The dancing queen, Ammara got the crowd in a frenzy when she danced along to one of Jah Prayzah’s tracks.

Baba Harare on the other hand, being a former band member of Jah Prayzah’s Third Generation band was a welcome surprise.

Oozing so much confidence, he headed straight to the microphone during Jah Prayzah’s set and joined in on the backing vocals as well as the dance routine.

It was as if he never left.

Over the years, Jah Prayzah had been inviting international artists to help launch his albums, but this time around, he went it alone and it worked wonders as the fans showed him, love.

The Chronicle

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Stunner’s house under fire?

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Desmond Chideme

Desmond “Stunner” Chideme who caused a scene at his birthday celebrations insists he was not seeking cheap publicity.

Stunner, who is not new to ladies’ drama, has deleted his post on Instagram in which he was apologising for pushing his wife Dyonne Tafirenyika whilst he was drunk.

In an interview with H-Metro, Stunner said he really meant it when he apologised on social media.

“I was just trying to apologise to my wife for messing up.

“I am not seeking attention on social media, my intention was to show how much I love her in front of the whole world and how sorry I was.

“Right now I am a busy taking good care of my family and you are actually disturbing me,” said Stunner.

Dyonne was, however, not reachable but she blue ticked on WhatsApp and switched off her phone.

Prior to his interview with H-Metro, Stunner had posted on Instagram admitting he was under the influence of alcohol when he pushed his wife at the birthday celebrations held over the weekend at Motor Action.

“Thank you all for coming out it was such a vibe, I was a bit of a problem. I’m sorry babe #Marambadoro #imsorry,” posted Stunner on his deleted post.

In ire, Stunner’s wife Dyonne went on to comment saying the apology was fake.

“Fu** you and your fake apology. Clout chaser! Alcohol chii chii are you always drunk? Don’t start with me mf,” commented the wife.

The screenshot of Stunner and Dyonne’s birthday drama has been trending on social media.

Despite all the backlash the couple got, Stunner insists he meant it when he apologised.

Stunner believes he used the right platform to show his remorse since the drama attracted the attention of merry-makers comprising of the capital’s well-to-do.H-Metro

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Zodwa Wabantu proposes to Ntobeko Linda

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Zodwa Wabantu Ntobeko Linda

Zodwa Wabantu has over the years proven that she is a nonconformist of note, and on Sunday Mzansi’s fave went “down on bended knees” to propose to her 24-year old lover, Ntobeko Linda. And he said “yes”.

Taking to her official Instagram account the local dancer and socialite shared the special moment with a powerful caption that highlights the plight that most successful women face when their partners aren’t doing well financially.

“We as Women we give our Men Money to Marry us. Hard working Women hide that they Marry themselves by giving their Boyfriends money to go to their families to pay Lobola. Some Women get Desperate to have that Ring on their Fingers.

She continued: But I don’t mind showing reality cause everything that has to do with Zodwa Wabantu is real. Mine is Real, I will Marry him”.

If you think that was dramatic enough then clearly you don’t know Zodwa because the dancer also revealed the prices of the rings.

She pulled receipts, showcasing that the “custom made princess style 9ct rose gold morganite and diamond” ring cost R47,826,09, while the one she bought for her bae only costs R5,217,39.

Zodwa has previously confirmed that she’s been dating Ntobeko for four years and now it seems the couple is ready to take their relationship to the next level.IOL

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Nox Guni speaks on porn video

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Nox Enoch Guni

Nox Enoch Guni says the recent leak of a video of him masturbating is an attempt to destroy his marriage by a former flirt mate from the past who is now using his past shenanigans from previous years.

Nox Guni recently got engaged with his UK based girlfriend, Tadzo when he toured the Queendom for a number of shows.

Despite the leak of the dirty video, Nox claims his marriage is still intact despite efforts by one Bridget Mabrijo Sibanda Shumbakadzi who tried to extort money from him not to leak the video.

“That video is from way back before I even got married to my girlfriend and it is the work of this girl called Bridget.

“I met her on Facebook and we were never in a relationship.

“She actually wanted money from me so that she wouldn’t leak the video but I couldn’t agree to her demands.

“My lawyers are on the issue and as of me and wife we are in good books,” he said.

He said that the video was captured whilst he was intoxicated and flirting with Bridget.

“Ndakanga ndakatorohwa nema drinks and I was just flirting with this Bridget girl on a video call showing her my manhood,” he added.H-Metro

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