Authors: Bruce Ndlovu
The year 2018 almost ended, but somehow it felt incomplete. It's a year that brought many things for the Zimbabweans. It is a year that brought old problems and new headaches, a year of suffering and hardships, but sprinkled hope for the future.
Much can happen in 11 months, and so far a lot has happened in Zimbabwe, but those who keep their finger on the pulse knew that you can not rest this year before something else happens.
Before the last rituals could be released by 2018, a fat lady had to sing. Perhaps more precisely, Jah Prayzah had to sing.
It seems that Jah Prayzah has transformed from ordinary music into something that was worse than words. Worse texts could decipher the future.
Almost exactly this time last year his song was the country's toast that stood on the edge of history after a dramatic few weeks.
Regardless of whether it was a prophecy or not, Kutonga Kwaro will forever be the soundtrack of that time, and now, when he returns once again to regain his crown, many certainly wonder what prophecies are in his a new 13-track effort, Chitubu.
Will Jah Prayzah provide? Will he drop the ball and let go of the crown he has worked so hard to keep away from all opponents?
Only by inserting into 13-track efforts can you find anything that resembles the answer to these questions.
Before the release of this album, many old fans Jah Prayzah expressed disappointment with the direction that he took and before the beginning of the album, he promised a return to his roots.
At first listen, Jah Prayzah sounds like a man who longs for his old ways on Chitubu.
The old dog learned new tricks on his last album, but now he wants to recreate his steps and rediscover his roots.
Like a child recently weaned from the breast, he wants a sweet taste and knowledge of his mother's breast.
Chikomo is an epic opening of the album. His voice is the star of the opening song and with the help of his talented support vocalists, Jah begins to give the basis for the return of his old self.
The violin strings that accompany Jah take part in this epic journey of self-discovery, bringing classical music to the work. In fact, it sounds like an Italian opera performed in the Uzumba hills.
The next song Dangerous sees the return of the more well-known Jah Prayzah.
This connection, which was created perhaps for his concerts.
One can imagine that Jah Prayzah, dressed in camouflage, pushes thousands of Masoja into a craze with a song whose beat rages at a feverish pace.
However exciting it may be for those who participate in Jah Prayzah's concerts, it must be admitted that they have heard this song from Jah before. It is a path that has been trampled in the past thanks to songs like Ndini Ndamubata.
The repetitive nature of such songs is one that appears on the whole album. This will be a problem for most critical listeners of the album, but it will be an easier swallow for followers of Jah Prayzah.
This fast pace is replicated again on Chigunduru later in the album, although on this occasion it is a song of better quality. But even in this song there will still be accusations of the repetitive nature of Jah Prayzah's music and listening to this album, this criticism is important.
Nothing can be said to have heard such songs. After listening to one, you've heard them all.
Follow me is the return of Jah's prayer that people have known in the last few years. This is Prayza Jah who loves cooperation.
Joining forces with international files is good and good, but in fact his work with international files has resulted in as many times as many mistakes.
This feels like a forced and chaotic effort from Jah Prayzah and Patoranking playing on a rope with a rhythm that none of them seems to master.
At the end of their fight with the rhythm, none of Jah Prayzah, Patoranking and the listener wins. It is a flat effort that does not bring both talents. It leaves a sour taste in your mouth.
Fortunately, this bitter taste is washed away by another song, Tauchira. Cooperation with Patoranking is an exhibition of a divided personality, which aims to characterize Jah Prayzah's music when he wants to penetrate new markets.
While Jah Prayzah follows me, striving for an international hit that takes him to the red rugs and flashing cameras of continental prizes, Tauchira takes us back to Uzumba dust.
He brings us back to this sweet place, where mbira and hosho can summon ghosts or command those whose itchy feet scratch them with dance.
Jah sounds great at home.
This is an optimistic song that will be tamed by mbira's soothing notes.
This is Jah, who his old fans were crying about. This red fever continues after Sarai. This is Jah Prayzah, which the fans were asking for.
In a painful voice, a musician born in Uzumba contemplates life and death, and only the toughest hearts will not be touched by Jah, contemplating what will happen to those he loves when he goes away.
It is hard to say goodbye and with the accompaniment of a failing acoustic guitar, Jah shows how difficult it is.
Hakata was also created in a similar spirit and one thing that distinguishes Jah Prayzah, when he decides to call the powers of mbira and hosho, that his lyricism is raised.
His words fell when Jah decided on an international tour. International expeditions have limited him to another pop-art, which endlessly sings about beautiful women and a fast but empty lifestyle that defines urban life.
Jah Prayzah, an international celebrity looking for pop songs on some songs on the album, but songs like Hakata show that once again he immersed his language in the wisdom of Uzumba's sources and is ready to sing about things that really matter.
Despite returning to the basics, Jah did not reject parts of his personality that dominated his music since he decided to look for a wider audience.
Songs like Kune Rima present a man who keeps up these ambitions. Special Somebody is a rare opportunity for Jah Prayzah to retain a bit of his true self for international cooperation.
Although the mixture with Sauti Sol does not work perfectly, it shows a glimpse of what Yah may be perfect in the future.
Deep reflections on life are good, but sometimes all that people have to do is dance.
While this album has layers that previous efforts did not have, the album is still full of songs that are potential hits. In this spirit, songs like KuMahumbwe and Kide will be tearing up dance floors in this holiday season.
With this album, he could have done enough to keep his crown. However, his music still has glaring shortcomings, which he urgently needs to work on if he wants to achieve the size he clearly wants. Sunday News.