Lanky dread-locked musician, Jah Prayzah, born Mukudzei Mukombe, is now officially musician with the highest earnings in Zimbabwe based on attendance figures at live shows.
It is a typical rags to riches story for the musician who grew up herding cattle in Uzumba.
While Zimdancehall is proving to be the most popular genre, Jah Prayzah is making the most money from gate revenue of all local musicians who stage shows week in, week out.
Sungura Legend, Alick Macheso is now trailing behind and this has been blamed on the revered artiste’s failure to release a new album even though he has been sampling songs from his upcoming album. He is yet to see though, the return of those who are boycotting his shows in protest of the ‘starvation’.
Oliver Mtukudzi is not part of the ‘sample’ given how his local shows are few and far between.
Such is Jah Prayzah’s growing influence on the local scene that he is no longer accepting a flat fee for live shows, in lieu taking gate revenue.
On Friday, Jah Prayzah who now releases album every year, managed to fill Pamuzinda to capacity despite the odds of the chilly winter weather and it being the middle of the month.
This is the same venue that Macheso has been failing to fill for some time now. Last week, Jah Prayzah has a record crowd at Junction 24 in the vicinity of Chitungwiza attracting over a thousand fans.
Apparently to celebrate his good fortune, Jah Prayzah is now the happy owner of a sleek Mercedes Benz S class which he procured just a few days before launching his new album Jerusarema.
Things are good.