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Working with MisRed was a marvel: JP



Jah Prayzah’s Kune Rima music video has gone viral and has more than 200 000 views trended this week alone. MisRed took up the task of being Jah Prayzah’s love interest.

Behind the scenes were people like Vusa Blaqs who directed and edited the music video, Thembani Mubochwa who did the wardrobe and styled the whole vintage feel with Tsungi Makwanya on makeup.

Thembani has been working with Jah Prayzah for the past three years, styling most of his red carpet and stage outfits.

The music video reminded Jah Prayzah fans of his 2013 Mwanasikana music video that also had a vintage look.

Jah Prayzah said: “Kune Rima video was produced to recreate what happened in the 1960s. We looked at pictures from that time and we came up with this theme.

“I can’t really say that I thought about it (concept) for a long time. It just came as an idea that ‘won’t it be interesting for us to come up with such a theme’.”

He said although the music video has some resemblance with Mwanasikana, this one has an uptown feel to it.

“Mwanasikana was set at a growth point in Zimbabwe. Although the dressing looks similar, with Kune Rima, we wanted to give it an uptown setting. I wanted the music video to resonate with my style with better camera work and production than Mwanasikana,” said Jah Prayzah.

During the run-up to the music video’s release, there were pictures that “leaked” of him and MisRed in a love clutch.

This did not go down well with the social media brigade who quickly made known their displeasure, speculating that the two were involved in an illicit affair. Some aired their concern for Jah Prayzah’s wife, but the musician said he was unperturbed by that entire melee.

“I was calm and relaxed. I knew that the allegations about the pictures weren’t true. It was just work. I even told my wife that there were pictures that would be “leaked”. She was ready and people actually sent her the pictures,” said Jah Prayzah.

He said working with MisRed was a marvel as she was comfortable with her role and knew what she was doing. Thembani, Jah Prayzah said was also a joy to work with.

On his part, stylist and designer Thembani said Jah Prayzah is a man who knew what he wanted in terms of style for the Kune Rima video, making his job easy.

“Working with Jah Prayzah is the easiest thing one can do. He knows what type of style he wants and with this music video, it wasn’t different. I was in charge of everything on set in terms of tailoring but he came up with the idea of what he wanted and I tailored his outfits,” said Thembani.

“We designed everything from scratch for both Jah Prayzah and MisRed’s outfits. We used local materials and the outfits were from my collection.”

The music video’s visuals were beautiful and drew a lot of attention and that can only be the works of a talented director and producer in the form of Vusa Blaqs. Vusa Blaqs, refusing to reveal the budget for the music video, said he was surprised by MisRed’s awareness and execution of her role in front of the camera.

“MisRed surprised me. She did a very great job in front of the camera. Every scene with her was done in one take. She followed my instructions to the letter and added some of her own ideas during the music video shoot,” said Blaqs.

He said what also helped was the onscreen chemistry between MisRed and Jah Prayzah, something he worked on way before the shoot.

“I had asked both of them to spend time together and be in each other’s space. And they did that; MisRed would come to the studios and spend time with Jah.

They got used to each other’s company and it became easy for them to bring out that chemistry on camera come the day of the shoot,” said Blaqs.

He said the music video took eight hours to shoot and he had to ask DJ Tamuka to extend the song so that it could fit the many different scenes.

For her role, MisRed told our sister publication H-Metro that Blaqs who directed the video was a genius.
To get MisRed on a music video, she said she has to be in sync with your vision as an artist before anything else.

“I’m not really a music video type of girl; I’m interested in creating brilliant content with people who get my craziness. Don’t think I’ll really do another music video after this, but I have got a standard rider, I work with a specific glam team, so if that’s not there it may not happen,” she said.

MisRed was labeled a home-wrecker after a picture of her cuddling with Jah Prayzah (from the video shoot) was leaked to the public. Asked whether the leaked pictures and music video had caused a rift between her and Rufaro — Jah Prayzah’s wife, MisRed said: “Mai Mukombe is a star player, she was part of the process and again, Jah Prayzah is extremely professional.

“People will always have opinions but at the end of the day, we wanted to create great content for the fans who truly appreciate Jah Prayzah’s music and love MisRed the personality.”

She said this incident was helpful as she discovered that some people she deemed friends were actually the ones who were at the forefront deriding her.

“I saw people’s true characters as I had ‘friends’ say the nastiest things about me in groups. I had to keep a straight face as there were women who were ready to judge me just to be at the top of the story, but I’m grateful for that.

“I’m an extremely vocal person online and I don’t shy away from responding to negativity because I’m also human, but on this one, I had to take a back seat. It was hard, my management actually wanted to change my social media passwords because they know me well but I think I was calm enough.”

MisRed said although the experience was emotionally draining, it was worth it in the end.
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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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