Jah Prayzah swimming with the big fish

Jah Prayzah swimming with the big fish

Whatever Jah Prayzah lacks as an artist to appeal to me, he certainly makes up through effort and the willingness to never settle. He has got to be the hardest working artist in Zimbabwe right now and inevitably the man of the moment.

I certainly should not be the person showering praise to the singer as not so long ago on this very platform, I gasped at his winning of the MTV Award and was convinced it was a fluke. I could have easily went on with that angle and talk about this award winning moment as being the very same reason we have seen the guy travel all over the continent working with big artists like Mafikizolo, Davido and Diamond Platnumz and create hits that even he could never have imagined.

Within a short space of time, Jah Prayzah has managed to do what he loves best, that is create hits and be the tall, eye catching artist he has dreamt of being. When I met him within the hall of Bob Nyabinde’s workshop in Harare, the then tall scrawny looking mbira wielding artist shed off more passion than the need to make a quick buck as many of his counterparts in the country. Since then he has evolved into something like an icon and gracing big stages in the region and he can’t seem to stop.

This weekend, Jah Prayzah is the main feature amongst a cast that I adore and have revered throughout my years when he plays at the Bassline Africa Day Concert in Johannesburg amongst Thandiswa Mazwai (SA), Bombino (NE), Baloji (DRC), Ray Phiri (SA), Vusi Mahlasela (SA), Jobo About (Ghana), Petite Noir (Belgium/SA) and Jobie Clarke (SA) with more acts being confirmed regularly.

Rubbing shoulders with greats such as Ray Phiri, Vusi Mahlasela and Thandiswa Mazwai is not only a great feat but should be worrisome to any artist. The large crowd that listen to them are also listening to you and you have to impress if not steal the show to just about make good headline for yourself. That said, I think its a challenge he can tackle, however I am not sure if the whole ‘masoja’ outfit thing can be brought on stage and wow the crowd. we just have to wait and see.

Read more about the show here : http://www.kayafm.co.za/bassline-africa-day-concert-2017/#1492602954598-b5e80c08-2ea7

Jah is also set to release a single with Davido soon which promises to work well in his favour and if his number one single with Mafikizolo on the African Charts is anything to judge him by, it might be a scorcher.

If South Africa does not wake up now!…

Zimbabwe was once not an outright fail as it is today. There was a future, one full of hope and desirable and we all thought better of ourselves in the dream that it would never come to a grinding halt; until we woke up.

There isn’t much that can bring a once thriving nation on its knees, it is a mixture of incompetent leaders, thieves and no accountability in areas of the nation that matter the most. One can never underestimate the power of being a minister for the people and the duties that befall upon them.

Therefore it follows that only competent and enthusiastic (since we might fail to always get the former) individuals should hold positions of influence and of leadership that can allow the country to move in a certain direction biased towards prosperity and growth.

Why is it that leaders in Africa are so eager to get their hands dirty than there are in leaving a legacy of hard work and success? Are we all just cursed to be kleptocrats with no bright future ahead.

Read more here

Why Uber worries conventional taxi operators.


I’m appalled! Hurt at the same time. Africans have come a long way from being deemed unreasonable and backward. We have fought so hard (and still need to) to accept change, cling to it like a like a tick on hide and never let go. 

We need to accept change (inevitable as it is) and accept the realities of living in a 21st century time that allows free movement of ideas, goods, services and people.  Gone are the days when we would fight change, no matter how it tends to help, and yell to the white man (European ways) to go back whence he came from and leave us in our cow hides, breast and ball dangling frenzy! Things will change and they have, so its easier to get on board than “toi toi” to have Uber regulated or removed.

We live in a society that has sirvived by adopting and making carbon copies of other cultures. A thin line separates the many differences we think we have. It is so easy to feel at home in a distant country, the societal texture is the same and Uber is part of the many businesses that have made us not drop our jaws at the sight of new inventions and start ups. We are at par with developed nations, something many other countries might not have the privilage of seeing in their lifetime. Uber is one of these.

We can relate. For it feels there is nothing special about your country that is not in ours, we might have copied it, but we have it too.

To block roads and chant slogans and demand Uber be removed is like asking a fellow neighbor not to venture into the taxi business because you fear for losses. The point is, Uber is just a platform and the owners are your brothers and sisters who also want a better life for themselves just like you do. “Adapt or die” said one tweet.

HOW THESE TWO CAN CO-EXIST!

It got me thinking, how best can the conventional taxis look at Uber’s and not want to pluck it out. If they can try these simple methods, they might just make it as they counterparts did.

  • Create a local version of Uber. I don’t know if ‘Taxify’ is South African but see what lacks in Uber and adopt one for the South African market.
  • Be pro-active. Instead of waiting on customers to come to you and your business, go out and look for ways that will make your service easily reachable.
  • Upgrade your fleet of cars to a modern one and ensure best service always.
  • Be user friendly. Ensure you use social platforms that can link you to a customer rather than the more expensive way of using a phone call to hull a cab.
  • Offer competitive pricing. Today, everybody wants to save, you have a good price, people will take it.
  • See Uber as an eye opener into a world of possibilities not your downfall.

    I am sure there are many ways that cab/taxi unions in South Africa can look at in the possible intent of making their business equally viable as Uber other than ‘toi toi-ng’ giving more credibility and exposure to their enemy.

    Over the past week when the demonstration was in effect, thousands went in favour of Uber and their services and put a dampener on the crying voices which largely went unheard and heavily criticised. There seems to be no one on the conventional taxi side other than the owners themselves, pity!

    Read more here.

    Social Media is not the enemy! You are!

    Social Media is not the enemy! You are!

    Mahlobo said 

    “social media, instead of providing “endless opportunities” for personal and business interaction, had become host to negative and untrue opinions.”
    When social media proliferated, it seemed, not so long ago that, it was not for the serious, business minded and definitely not for politicians and governments. In a matter of months after society was sharing photos, statuses and trending, they (all mentioned above) came along boasting of expensive suits, lingo, social topics to discuss; a meet the people platform that could facilitate campaign drives with little or no cost at all compared to their former ways of print, print and more print.

     They could rally the masses with a single message and change perceptions with a photo. Such has been the magic of social media in their hands.

    But alas! When we, who have been nothing but social and needing the same platforms to engage with distant loved ones and occasionally to vent our anger when a lover enstranges, decide also to vent our anger at the same institutions and individuals that invaded our social space, exposing them to what they really are. Kleptocrats, murderers and liers.

    Pic courtesy of Zimbabwe Mail

    When their ‘higher than thou’social statuses are now questioned and laid bare for all to see, plan to regulate, block or ban a thread to society that has done nothing but give people the power to be heard.

    All the people want is to be treated as people, not as stooges and rags. As a politician, government, political party, with the eagerness to listen, social media could make your job easier. What you simply feed into it, is what you get out of it. Its the basics of social media.

    You feed the people with lies and fancy words and empty promises, they will retaliate with excessive frustrations, e-mails, petitions and ‘youmustfall’ hashtags. It is what it is. The more they twit, the more the noise is heard and the larger the masses gunning for your head.

    It is simply outrageous for a ruling government to think that no-one else can do a better job than themselves let alone fail to attract criticism for their actions. 

    A lot of what is happening today is not as a result of the abuse of social media platforms but rather poor decision making by people in positions of power leading to mass protests through this medium. 

    Social media has done nothing wrong than good (mostly), highlighting areas that were hidden away by propaganda filled machinery and given them a good run for their money. They have simply been put to the test and have had to re-think on strategies of how best to fabricate lies without the truth coming out in the open.

    In instances where a lie has been spread online, retractions, apologies and the delete button has been the most effective way of dealing with it, perhaps African states shivering and gnawning their teeth over their so called claims of ‘social media abuse’ should consider ways of having the masses verify information passed on the net. One such suggestion is to have their people on the ground, conveying messages to the rest of us and becoming a source of information rather than a mere consumer.

    The recent ugly tensions between foreigners and locals in a part of Pretoria could have easily been understood if councillors of these areas where up to date and feeding the rest of the country on the issues pertaining their area instead of disproving online messages that went viral because someone fed the nation with their worst fears!

    Mahlobo statement is not entirely false. People do spread “opinions” and there are entitled to them, its their right. How on earth can they want to regulate what someone is saying on their own capacity as a social platform user? It baffles the mind. Even if you go the route of banning a platform, thousands of others will spring up and people will still have a voice.

    Governments such as the one here in South Africa must desist from threatening the right to media freedom and freedom of expression of the people.

    If you want to trend, rather get rid of the rot, crime, inequalities and all evil that has befallen the nations, then our twits will change and our posts will be nothing but happy times. Think about it.

    The second 1st lady.

    Regardless of what many may say about Robert Mugabe especially being sarcastically branded as running a “Democratic Monarchy“, My readings about his other side of life “in the otherroom” proved that the presence of trueloveaffection and faith could actually and prospectively fuel the efforts of a man, irrespective of the road he has chosen to travel.” Iambrokofi

    Came across this passage from a blog from Iambrokofi:  HEART OF A KING – http://wp.me/p82dxz-3Y and in a writing that was inspiring at first and then eventually becoming a sad end to a great tale.

    #Iambrokofi’s attachment of first ladies in his blog and how they influence the greatness of a serving president was clear, citing examples but fell short of describing our current demise as Zimbabweans, that of the 2nd wife.

    No matter how we look at it, first ladies shape the way a president will hold office, it is a given in the world today. Take Michelle Obama for instance and how many view her as the pillar and council that made Barack reach full potential. By doing so, she became an important voice in their nation, when she spoke people listened.

    And so it was when Amai Sally was still with us, she was a voice of reason and a pillar to a great man. Sadly the latter, the “queen bee” has given us no joy nor reason to dream beautiful dreams. We have almost no chance of impregnating our country with success. We are but like the wind, no end in sight to our journey and no memory of whence we came from.

    Heartbroken.