Yeukai Karengezeka Arts Correspondent
There was poor turnout at Jah Prayzah’s show held at the Book Café on Friday night. The contemporary musician was sharing the stage with the emerging ensemble Were, who the first on stage. Despite the poor turnout, Jah Prayzah gave a polished act, although few fans were standing and singing along to his tunes during his performance. He first performed songs from his latest offering “Kumbumura Mhute” before belting out his popular old songs. Some that were popular include “Kumbumura Mhute”, “Kumaricho”, “Dali Wami”, “Soja Rinosvika Kure”, “Tsviriyo”, Gochi Gochi” and “Maria”, among others. However, on Saturday night the Book Café came alive when Afro pop musician Ba Shupi had a joint show with Prince Musarurwa.
Musarurwa, who was first to take to the stage gave his fans a spirited performance for two hours.
He belted out love songs from his previous albums that took love-birds to the dance floor.
Some of the songs he performed include “Kugogodera”, “Mamoyo Wangu”, “Muchaneta”, “Zvinogumbura Sei” and “Kukura Murudo”, a song on which he collaborated with Diana Samkange.
He wowed the crowd as he performed the hit song “Runonzi Rudo” and later invited some fans on stage to sing the song.
In an interview, Musarurwa said his fans should look out for his new album to be released soon. “I just want to inform my fans that I am putting final touches to the upcoming 10-track album which will be out anytime from now.
“The album is christened ‘Chiga Chikuru’ and it is about thanksgiving. It encourages people to be grateful to God and people who help them in life,” he said.
On another note, Ba Shupi proved his worth when he dazzled fans with his high energy that kept fans on their feet throughout his performance. Fans were singing along to all his songs and there was jubilation when he sang the songs “Mamonya” and “Godo”.
He took the audience down memory lane as he sang his 15-in-one track called “Vaimbi vemuZimbabwe” which carries songs like “Tirikumhanya” by Dhadza D, “Vana Vangu” by the late John Chibadura, “Character” from Prince Tendai and “Batai Munhu” by Suluman Chimbetu, among others.
Other songs he performed are “Camera”, “Mapena”, “Tezvara Varamba”, “Tunonaka” and “Kamurungu”.
He also sampled a song he had composed on that Saturday afternoon called “Macorrections” that blasts perennial fault-finders who always negatively criticise other people.