Jah Prayzah‘s latest album, Kutonga Kwaro, seems to resonate with the current political situation in Zimbabwe.
We have curated reactions (press reports and social media content) to the intersection of the artiste’s music and Zimbabwe’s political drama.
Kubatana, a non profit organisation in Harare used Jah Prayzah’s song , Masoja, as a soundtrack to its video of the solidarity march . Meanwhile, the Daily News’ referred to the solidarity march as Jah Prayzah’s crowing moment.
Amid blaring car horns and the generous serving of anti-President Robert Mugabe songs during the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) solidarity march on Saturday, was the constant din of music star Jah Prayzah’s music.
If it was not the hit —Kutonga Kwaro — which turned out to be the de facto anthem of the march that celebrated the ZDF’s seizure of power last Tuesday — then it was the old favourite Mudhara Achauya or the party song Ndini Ndamubata.
Harare was turned into one big party anchored on Jah Prayzah’s music. No artiste in the recent past has had his music played by such a huge concentration of people. It was clearly the Jerusarema hit-maker’s crowning achievement. – Daily News
However others felt that Jah Prayzah’s music is nothing but just prophetic artistry.
ARTISTS are prophetic!
The above phrase aptly suits Jah Prayzah’s current album if scenes from the solidarity march on Saturday are anything to consider.
Songs which include Kutonga Kwaro, Ndini Ndamubata and Masoja off the crooner’s album Kutonga Kwaro became anthems as people repeatedly played the music in their cars during the march.
Most of the people labeled Jah Prayzah, the prophet arguing his songs are reflecting on the prevailing situation.
People took to social media including Twitter with others saying JP is the ‘spirit medium’ of the country. – H Metro
Zimbabweans reiterated this prophetic position on social media.
However, Jah Prayzah is on record denying any deliberate political motivation or inspiration in his music. His managers have said people are free to interpret the songs and titles the way they want as in other art genres.