Pamela Zulu (Gonyeti)
|Known for||Being Jah Prayzah's Former Backing Vocalist|
Pamela Zulu is a Zimbabwean musician who was once a backing vocalist for Zimbabwean musician Jah Prayzah, before parting ways with him in August 2016 to pursue a solo career.
Pamela Zulu (also known as 'Gonyeti') grew up with a single mother after being neglected and rejected by her father.
Zulu began her career as a vocalist back in 2005. Gonyeti joined Jah Prayzah from Jabavu Drive replacing another popular dancer known as 'Generator' Evidence Mudzingo, who initially quit the band but was eventually dismissed over indiscipline.
Parting Ways With Jah Prayzah And Launching Solo Career
Sources say Gonyeti was not happy with the management’s decision to drop her from the team that recently toured United States and Canada. Gonyeti however declined the rumour saying,
Those telling you that I left because I didn’t go to US and Canada are not being truthful. Jah Prayzah told me that I was not to be part of the touring team and I didn’t dispute. When I joined Jah Prayzah I was working on an album and I am pursuing that. I phoned Jah informing him that I was leaving and he wasn’t even concerned, he just told me to return the uniforms, which I am not going to do. The uniforms belong to his band yes but I was wearing it, they are my clothes and anoda kuti ndidzoke nadzo azopa ani.
There were also rumours that Gonyeti had tried to mobilize other band members who had been left behind when Jah Prayzah travelled to the US and Canada to boycott his album launch at the Harare International Conference Centre. She however, denied the allegation,
If it was ever organized, I wasn’t part of it. I don’t know talking to anyone about a stay away.
Gonyeti started her own band named The Horses. Gonyeti also tried to engage Jah Prayzah’s former manager Fildah Muchabayiwa who initially refused but later agreed to help Gonyeti find her footing on the music scene.
Sexual Abuse Allegations
At the end of September 2016, after a story published in a local tabloid, Zulu came out alleging that the reason that she chose to leave Jah Prayzah and his band was because of sexually abuse at the hands of the singer. She told of how when the band would travel, though she'd share a room with a female band member, Jah Prayzah would summon her to his room and abuse her sexually.
- Pamela Zulu (Gonyeti) Backing Vocalist, jahprayzah.com, published: No Date Given, retrieved: August 19, 2016
- Yeukai Karengezeka, Jah Prayzah fires Generator, Herald, published: January 13, 2014, retrieved: August 19, 2016
- EXPLAINED:Why Gonyeti really quit Jah Prayzah’s band, Makuhwa, published: August 16, 2016, retrieved: August 19, 2016
- Silence Charumbira, ‘Gonyeti and the gonyets’…Mai Shinda rebuffs Pamela Zulu’s advances?, published: August 18, 2016, retrieved: August 19, 2016