He conceded he never imagined he would one day dance his Uzumba dance Jerusarema in China, but Jah Prayzah looks poised to stretch the horizon.
BY SILENCE CHARUMBIRA
The gangly musician becomes probably the first Zimbabwean artiste to perform in China. He visits the Asian country next month for a three-legged tour.
The tour will be part of his ambassadorial duties for Dream Star (formerly Zim Got Talent), a Chinese-funded talent search programme.
According to Jah Prayzah’s manager Keen Mushapaidze, they would be touring alongside the talent search programme’s entourage.
“We are hoping to open several avenues not only for our band but for other local outfits as well. We have been assured that we will be able to tour with our usual touring group, so I am certain they will deliver their best,” said Mushapaidze.
But before they leave for the tour, Jah Prayzah and his group — Third Generation — would have headlined the Gaborone International Music and Culture Week (GIMC) on September 5. GIMC is equivalent the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa).
“It is really a tight schedule as we have to perform at a corporate event in Victoria Falls on September 6.
“The two events are equally important and we have to fulfil both. We are trying to make a footprint on the continent by performing at an event that the Batswana regard as their own Hifa, not in size, but by their standards means a lot,” said Mushapaidze.
Jah Prayzah last week said he never expected to perform in China.
While for many of his increasing fans, it is a given that he is spreading his wings, it still shocks him that from his humble beginnings in Uzumba, he will be getting a platform to venture into unchartered territories.
“Well, I want to thank the Almighty for uplifting us. In my imaginations and dreams I never thought one day I would ever get the chance to perform in China,” he said.
“It’s a great achievement and we are so excited. We do not know what we are going to encounter there because it has never been in my imaginations but I am hoping that we are going to make people happy and they get to see our Zimbabwean culture and the way we perform our music”.