On 8 May Jah Prayzah surprised his fans and music fanatics as he released a single titled Sarungano, which will feature on his upcoming album titled Chiremerera set to be launched on 12 May at Old Hararian Sports Club in Harare.
Jah Prayzah will also release another new album titled Maita Baba on 13 May set to be launched in Bulawayo at Queens Sports Club. Both launch events are sponsored by Gateway Stream.
The two albums carry diverse sounds and themes to cater to a wider audience. Chiremerera which means “respect” in the Shona language will carry the traditional Jah Prayzah signature sound that he is known for (Mbira, Marimba, Hosho) while Maita Baba will be a modern Afro-Pop sound.
On Sarungano which was produced by DJ Tamuka and Rodney Beatz, Jah Prayzah worked closely with dreadlocked goddess Feli Nandi, together completing a beautiful love duet which explores unexpressed love’s complexities.
The visuals of the song which are on 250 000 views in 24 hours, were shot by award winning cinematographer Vusa “Blaqs” Hlatshwayo in South Africa with T Mula, Simphiwe Zulu, Albert van Rhyn, Llewellyn Duguid, Gaffer Katlego Dinga, Bokang Sesele and Nicanor Takaendesa credited as behind the scenes crew.
Jah Prayzah’s loyal fans gave a review of the Sarungano project on social media and B-Metro compiled the following comments.
“Feli Nandi is proving herself that she is one the best female vocalists in Zimbabwe. Filling the void left by the likes of Chiwoniso. Matching Jah Prayzah’s energy says it all. Thank you, JP, for giving her the stage to showcase herself,” said Brian Gwese.
This is art. Music that transcends time and generations. Beautiful, matured fine wine. Had been hoping for this collaboration and now it is realised. Thank you, JP, and Feli Nandi,” said Chishamiso Mungoshi.
“Sarungano: Jah Prayzah expresses the pain of a love that came to an end, and despite efforts to move on, thoughts keep drifting back to what could have been. A longing for a different outcome, a wish for reconciliation. Feli’s soulful vocals complement JP’s storytelling, conveying the shared emotions of heartbreak and inner turmoil. Aee–rera masodzi… they harmonize,” commented Aldrin.
“Vusa Blaqs never disappoint. Great song, cheers to the loved ones we couldn’t have, if things went another way, we could be together, but time and circumstances chose otherwise, wherever you are, you are loved, forever,” said Morejoy Mutapati.