Jah Prayzah

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Jah Prayzah, (born 4 July, 1987), real name Mukudzeyi Mukombe, is a Zimbabwean contemporary reggae musician and frontman for the band Third Generation.[1] He was born and raised in Murehwa, a small town about 95km from Harare.[1]


Background

Jah Prayzah was born on 4 July 1987 at Nyadire Hospital to parents, John Mukombe and Shirely Savanhu. He was the last born in a family of 5 children; in order of birth: Joe, Chamu (who passed away in 2005), Simba, and his only sister, Lydia. He attended Musamhi Primary School and later Musamhi High School in Murehwa. He however completed his 'O' Level and 'A' Level education in Harare at Kuwadzana High 1 School. Growing up, the young Mukudzeyi dreamt of becoming a soldier.[1] This dream was to later inspire his bands performance costumes.


Music

Mukudzeyi's first experience with creating music was when he was in form 2; "In form two there was a teacher who played the mbira and I was so in love with the instrument.We would’dub’ the music in the era of cassettes and listen to it," he said.[1] Later while schooling at Kuwadzana High School, Mukudzeyi bought a Mbira music instrument from a close friend, Tichafa Matsika.[1]

Mukudzei had been encouraged by a cousin keyboardist Simeon Mukombe, to record a demo together with him [1], which they did, a album called I Love Reggae. The album didn't do well but they got a lot of encouragement from friends that listened to it. Later in 2007, he recorded another album Rudo Nerunyararo which didn't have much success. The album had the track, Zororo, which became popular much later in his career.

In 2010 he released Sungano Yerudo


Discography

Albums

  1. Kumbumura Mhute (2014)
  2. Tsviriyo
  3. Ngwarira Kuparara
  4. Sungano Yerudo (2010)
  5. Rudo Nerunyararo


Songs

  1. Dali Wangu
  2. Maria
  3. Ruva Rerudo
  4. Gochi Gochi
  5. Musango


Awards

  • NAMA 2014 Awards - Outstanding Album Tsviriyo
  • NAMA 2014 Awards - Outstanding Song Tsviriyo
  • NAMA 2014 Awards - Outstanding Male Artist Jah Prayzah
  • NAMA 2014 Awards - Outstanding Video Mwanasikana
  • NAMA 2014 Awards - People’s Choice Jah Prayzah


Personal life

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Robert Mukandiwa, About Us, Jah Prayzah Official Website, Retrieved:16 March 2014