The Sunday Mail
FOR the first time since October 2017, Zimbabwe’s top entertainers, Jah Prayzah and Winky D, will share the stage in a commercial show slated for this Friday.
The two, who each command large followings, are expected to bring their A-game when they square off in this “top table” encounter.
What is even more interesting about this gig is that it is headlined by Nigerian star, Patoranking, making it one of the most anticipated live shows in 2018. Some music fans have even speculated that, if not careful with his playlist and set in general, Patoranking could end up being a “mere supporting act” at his own concert. The competition between Jah Prayzah and Winky D, has mostly played out in their music, timing of release of projects, and lately even quality and popularity of music videos. They have both individually filled up the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC), a 5000-seater venue, which however, usually takes more people as promoters disregard the carrying capacity rules.
The Sunday Mail Society spoke to Winky D’s manager Jonathan Banda, who is upbeat about this Friday’s show.
“Since this is our first big show in the country this year we are promising a performance packed with a lot of energy,” said Banda.
He highlighted that they are coming to the show buoyed by the success of their 2019 single, “MuGarden”.
“This will be a special one as we perform the new single to the fans for the first time. The video has done very well, getting a record two million hits on YouTube. The song is also topping charts on international platforms such as BBC Extra 1. We are excited to see people warming up to the Afro-fusion vibe that we did on the track,” he said.
Commenting on how he feels about sharing the stage with Jah Prayzah after such a long time, especially given the heavy comparisons of the two in the past few months, Banda said; “Well, we do not go out to outshine any artiste at concerts. We simply go out to entertain the audience to the best of our abilities.
“In the ghetto we say haugute nechikafu chiri mundiro meumwe. Unoguta nechiri mundiro yako (only food in your plate satisfies you, not that which is in another person’s plate). So we simply focus on entertaining the fans.”
He added: “As for the comparisons, Jah and Winky are both outstanding acts. However, to us they are two different acts. Our set is mostly digital and his is populated by live instruments. The only similarity they have is that they both use the microphone.”
Meanwhile, Jah Prayzah’s manager, Keen Mushapaidze, said that they too were looking forward to the gig.
“This is a huge show with an artiste line-up to match. We are excited to be a part of it and definitely will put in our all, to ensure we deliver as per people’s expectations,” said Mushapaidze.
He, however, said they do not lose sleep or feel pressure over comparisons with Winky D.
“For us it is not pressure at all. We take it as a compliment for the good works put in by the two artistes over the years. Both Jah and Winky have performed exceptionally well for their names to be placed where they are right now and the good thing is they have managed to do that without stepping on each other’s toes.
“This show will be a showcase of the good works that Jah has put in and as mentioned, we promise to give the fans a time they will relive through memories for years to come.”
Mushapaidze also revealed that Jah Prayzah will perform his collaboration song with Patoranking.
“Definitely ‘Follow Me’ will be performed on Friday the 26th and it will be the first time for Jah and Patoranking to perform the song.”
With Patoranking popular enough to fill up the HICC by himself, and Jah Prayzah and Winky D having done so individually before — this Friday’s gig is expected to be sold out.
The show also features multi award-winning artiste ExQ, who added another feather to his cap at last week’s National Arts Merit Awards. Other acts on the line-up include Suluman Chimbetu, Jah Signal, Takura and Nutty O.
Concert organiser, Nyasha Muswaka of Kayse Connect, said everything was as good as done for the April 26 high-profile gig.
“We are expecting Patoranking on Wednesday. As soon as he arrives we will do radio interviews before holding a Press conference later on. We are now more worried about creating a memorable event than anything else. We are set and good to go,” said Muswaka.