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Full house at Jah Prayzah’s Chitubu launch



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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Tawanda Mambo (Saintfloew)goes to SA for rehab




Zimbabwean rapper Saintfloew is looking to kick his drug addiction once and for all and has reportedly flown out to South Africa where he is going to receive rehabilitation services.

In an interview with Star FM’s Ollah 7 last week, Saintfloew admitted that he was taking drugs, although he was in the process of trying to quit. He refused to admit whether he had been taking the dreaded crystal meth, known popularly as Guka or Dombo.

I cannot confirm the allegations and I cannot say anything about them, so I am not confirming anything and I am not talking about anything. But what I am saying is we came out from the wrong way, a lot happens here in Chitown (Chitungwiza) and I took multiple drugs.

I am still working on quitting taking some of the things. I am not confirming anything but all I can say is there are some drugs that I am trying to stop,” he said.

Saintfloew also revealed that his drug addiction had little to do with the music industry.

It is not like the pressures of music cause artists to take drugs, but before we became artists, we had nothing to do and we had all the time to take drugs. Now if it is regret or moving on, that is what I am working on,” he said

In an interview with H-Metro before the rapper’s departure to South Africa, Saintfloew’s mother, Ebenezer Mambo said that her son’s struggles with drugs were linked to a tough upbringing. She said the musician lost his father at the age of two.

We lost his father when they were still very young and there was no man in the house to whip my son into line. I tried my best to give him a life, but there are some times when a father is needed in the upbringing of children.

I have never doubted my son’s intelligence, but I was worried when he continued pursuing music. He ended up taking drugs and it pains me a lot,” she said.

Mambo praised Nash Paints Group executive chairman, Tinashe Mutarisi, who convinced Saintfloew to go for rehab in SA, for helping her son get back on track.

“I am humbled that good people still exist as is the case with Mr Tinashe Mutarisi. I think he was sent by God to save my son from abusing drugs.

“Like the biblical Moses, Mutarisi has just done the best for my family and I hope my son will come back from South Africa a changed man,” she said.

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Khanyi Mbau, Kudzai Mushonga are back together again



Kudzai Mushonga Khanyi Mbau

There are indications that the on-and-off romantic relationship between Khanyi Mbau and Kudzai Mushonga has heated up once more. The couple recently shared pictures of themselves getting cosy on their Instagram pages. One of the photos shows them snuggled up in each other’s arms on a yacht in Dubai, where Mushonga resides. In the caption, they wrote, “We might bend, but won’t break.”

Although Mbau has been in South Africa for work, she is a resident of Dubai and shares a home with Kudzai Mushonga, a Zimbabwean businessman. In another post, the couple is seen toasting with red roses in hand. Mushonga wrote, “Forever us my baby @mbaureloaded. I love you.”

In May, the couple’s relationship status was the subject of speculation after they deleted all posts of each other from their social media accounts. This came after Kudzai Mushonga was rumoured to be romantically involved with Vanja Vicentijevic.

The couple has been in the news before when Mushonga publicly expressed concern about Mbau’s whereabouts after she went missing in Dubai. It was later discovered that Mbau had returned to South Africa without informing Mushonga.

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SABC cancels 7de Laan after 23 years



7de Laan Soap

SABC 2 and Danie Odendaal Productions have announced that after 23 years on air, the popular soapie 7de Laan will come to an end at the conclusion of season 24. The last episode will air on December 26, 2023. The SABC did not provide a reason for the show’s cancellation but stated that it will not be recommissioned for another season after season 24 ends. 7de Laan has been a beloved show since its first broadcast on April 4, 2000.

The show has been a success, spawning roadshows and cookbooks, and creating household names out of numerous actors. Despite the cast and crew being saddened by the news, they expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to produce a show that has touched millions of South Africans. The SABC has been having financial difficulties and has been in negotiations with various production companies, including Danie Odendaal Productions, for several months.

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