Mdhara Vachauya is a song that is locally played at many weddings, parties and other social gatherings. The creative brains behind it is Zimbabwe’s run-away modern music superstar Jah Prayzah.
He is now a household name not only in Malawi but Africa and beyond. He has collaborated with big names of music in Africa. From South Africa’s Mafikizolo, Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz, Nigeria’s Yame Alade and her compatriot Davido, the artist has done it all and is at the moment undoubtedly on top of his game.
Jah Prayzah will be performing live in Malawi for the first time on December 23 and 24 both in Blantyre and Lilongwe respectively.
Emmanuel Maliro, a representative of the events company bringing the southern Africa’s big music gun, Agulugufe Twelve Thousand Limited, said it has taken them close to a year to make it happen.
He said: “We signed a contract with him 11 months ago. As an event company, we put our ears to the ground and we discovered that Malawians would like to see Jah Prayzah performing live and we made sure to make it happen.
“The artist is trending and the shows have been designed to be family entertainment as such when he comes, he will be on stage by 6pm. Malawians should expect nothing but the best. We have a water-tight contract that obliges him to bring his 11-man band and dancing queens.”
Maliro also said apart from the main artist, they have roped in Malawi’s finest artists to support the two shows.
“We have Black Missionaries, Lawi and Lulu,” he said.
Tickets for the show, according to Maliro, are selling at various points both in Blantyre and Lilongwe at K10 000 standard while VIP tickets are selling at K25 000.
According to his website www.jahprayzah.com, the artist was born in 1987 and is married with three children. His real name is Mukudzeyi Mukombe. He came into the limelight as a band member and leader of the group Third Generation.
He is popularly referred to by fans and the media as Musoja, Shona word for soldier, a nick name he earned mostly because of his signature band uniform of military regalia. The name Jah Prayzah comes from his name, Mukudzeyi, which means praise Him.
Jah Prayzah started doing music while in secondary school. But his first serious project was with DJ Thando which resulted in singles such as Sorry Mama and Seiko.
In 2007 he released his first commercial album, Sungano, which was followed by four other albums with mild levels of success.
In 2015, he opened a new studio and released his sixth studio album, Jerusarema.
Some of his most notable works is a collaboration with award-winning Tanzanian artist Diamond Platinumz on his hit song Watora Mari, which reached over a million views on YouTube in less than a month after its release. The song Watora Mari has enjoyed massive airplay on MTV Base and Trace Africa.
However, it is his hit song, Mdhara Vachauya which loosely means ‘the big boss shall come’ which has established him and is being enjoyed in Zimbabwe and across Africa.