Jah Prayzah bunks, wins MTV award

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Bon­gani Ndlovu Show­biz Cor­re­spon­dent

AF­TER numer­ous nom­i­na­tions and ac­co­lades lo­cally, Jah Prayzah has landed his first con­ti­nen­tal award as he landed an Mtv Africa Mu­sic Awards (MAMAs) held in South Africa on Satur­day night.

The Mud­hara Vachauya hit-maker won the Lis­ten­ers’ Choice award ahead of a mas­sive 20 other nom­i­nees in the cat­e­gory at the Tick­et­pro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The awards were pre­sented by Bo­nang Matheba, who re­placed Trevor Noah and was as­sisted by Nomzamo Mbatha and Yemi Alade.

Jah Prayzah who was not at the award cer­e­mony but per­form­ing in Harare, shared his joy on Face­book with fans.

“Ma­soja woye! Han­d­ina mashoko kani! Tau­tora mukombe uya weLis­tener’s Choice kuma MAMA Awards kuJoburg. Un­for­tu­nately I couldn’t make it there but I just want to thank you all so much ma­soja for the sup­port! Ndirikushaya peku­bata ne­m­u­faro, I am tear­ing up!”

His win for fans is a huge step in the right di­rec­tion for Zimbabwe’s mu­sic to get a foothold on the African con­ti­nent and be recog­nised.

Oth­ers were dis­ap­pointed that Jah Prayzah did not travel to South Africa to mix and min­gle with fel­low African stars.

Jah Prayzah said he was fully booked for the week­end and could not re­nege on his con­trac­tual obli­ga­tions.

“I didn’t travel to South Africa be­cause the se­cond batch of MAMA nom­i­na­tions were re­leased in Oc­to­ber and I was al­ready booked by peo­ple. The peo­ple would have paid their monies in full and we couldn’t dis­ap­point them. For in­stance I had a show in Kariba at Nyamhunga Sta­dium, and there was a pri­vate func­tion at Meik­les Ho­tel. The pri­vate func­tion was a fam­ily cel­e­brat­ing their mother’s 50th birth­day. You can imag­ine the sen­ti­men­tal value that holds for the fam­ily only for us to dis­ap­point them,” said Jah Prayzah. He said Farai Mutero rep­re­sented him. “Farai was there to col­lect the award on our be­half and rep­re­sent us. How­ever Mtv doesn’t want peo­ple to go on stage and say thank you to fans. That’s why we had to make that thank you video. All nom­i­nees had to make that video,” said Jah Prayzah.

Mean­while, Nige­rian artists scooped most of the awards. It was a big night for Wizkid in par­tic­u­lar. The Star­boy walked away with three ma­jor awards: Artist of the Year, Best Male, Best Col­lab­o­ra­tion. Co-host Yemi Alade took home Best Fe­male, while Te­kno was named Best Break­through Act.

South Africa also fared quite well. Cassper Ny­ovest picked up Best Live Act while Em­tee was deemed Best Hip Hop. Caster Se­menya is the 2016 Per­son of the Year. Hugh Masekela was given the Life­time Achieve­ment Award.

The other ma­jor high­light was fast ris­ing SA rap­per Nasty C who was in­tro­duced to the stage by in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed rap­per Fu­ture who was the guest per­former.

Kenya didn’t dis­ap­point ei­ther. Sauti Sol was given the award for Best Group.

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