Jah Prayzah, Winky D for Kalawa Homecoming

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Bruce Ndlovu/Bon­gani Ndlovu Show­biz Cor­re­spon­dents

IN what may turn out to be a shrewd move, Zim­bab­wean heavy­weights Jah Prayzah and Winky D have been con­firmed as per­form­ers at this year’s much an­tic­i­pated Kalawa Homecoming party. They will clash on stage with some of South Africa’s big­gest stars.

The cat was ini­tially let out of the bag by Stiff mem­ber Diliza, who shared a picture of Jah Prayzah and Winky on his Face­book page in which he ex­pressed his ex­cite­ment at the prospect of shar­ing the stage with two of Zimbabwe’s hottest stars at the mo­ment. Si­lence from the or­gan­is­ers about this year’s event has seen the ru­mour mill go into over­drive, as ex­pec­tant fans spec­u­late on the iden­tity of the artistes that are set to thrill Bu­l­awayo on De­cem­ber 27.

Some of the names men­tioned in­clude Wololo hit-maker Babes Wodumo who it is thought will make a de­but ap­pear­ance in the City of Kings along­side her part­ner in crime and beau Mamp­intsha who will be com­ing as part of the ever pop­u­lar Big Nuz.

With her abun­dant sex ap­peal and inim­itable skills as a dancer, Babes is set to give Bu­l­awayo its first taste of a Gqom, a first paced sub-genre of house mu­sic whose fire started in the streets of Dur­ban, but has gone on to in­cin­er­ate dance floors out­side South Africa’s bor­ders.

Vet­eran DJs Ganyani and Fresh have also been touted as pos­si­ble show­stop­pers, while kwaito star Pro­fes­sor is also set to make an­other ap­pear­ance in Bu­l­awayo.

Kalawa Jazmee spokesper­son Arthur ‘Scotch’ Ma­thenga con­firmed that in­deed Jah Prayzah and Winky D have been added to this year’s line up and in the same breath de­clined to con­firm the South African acts.

“From Zimbabwe, we’ve Jah Prayzah and Winky D as part of the acts this year. How­ever, whether Babes Wodumo, Pro­fes­sor, Big Nuz and the other artistes from South Africa are com­ing, I can’t con­firm any­thing be­fore the South African artistes have been cleared by the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties in Zimbabwe,” said Scotch.

De­spite all these high pro­file names, it is the pres­ence of Winky and Jah Prayzah that is likely to raise an eye­brow or two. Oskido’s Homecoming has usu­ally been an all-South African af­fair, with a few Bu­l­awayo acts sprin­kled in to spice up the ex­trav­a­ganza.

The two thus be­come the first acts from the cap­i­tal to grace the Kalawa short­list which has not been short of star power in the last few years.

The shrewd Kalawa supremo seems to have his ear to the streets of the City of Kings, as ap­pear­ances by the two this year have drawn phe­nom­e­nal crowds that seem to defy the ap­a­thy that has char­ac­terised most high pro­file shows held in the city this year.

Scotch said the Homecoming party was not only re­served for Kalawa artistes.

“It’s a cel­e­bra­tion of mu­sic across the floor. Peo­ple may think that it’s a Kalawa af­fair per­haps be­cause of the as­so­ci­a­tion of it with Oskido, but the party is for all artistes from around con­ti­nent and globe.”

Pro­vided that Jah Prayzah and Winky D do not make any ap­pear­ances in the city be­fore De­cem­ber 27, the move could be per­fect as Winky D is yet to make an ap­pear­ance in Bu­l­awayo since the re­lease of his hit-song packed al­bum while Jah Prayzah is still bask­ing in the glow of a vic­tory at the prestigious MTV Africa Mu­sic Awards.

The names be­ing bandied about for the show sug­gest that this year’s Homecoming gig will of­fer a mixed bag of tal­ent, as Jah Prayzah and Winky D are ar­tis­ti­cally worlds apart from the likes of Babes and Pro­fes­sor. This is in con­trast to last year’s show which was billed as a clash be­tween feud­ing hip-hop overlords AKA and Cassper while 2014 saw Oskido bring a cast of much loved old school kwaito stars.

Winky D

Jah Prayzah

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