Jah Prayzah makes Epworth debut

Leisure Writers
\nAS dendera crooner Suluman Chimbetu embarks on a tour of the United Kingdom and Australia this week, his counterpart Jah Prayzah, who returned from a successful tour of Botswana recently, has seen his demand for midweek performances surging. Jah Prayzah is expected to set ablaze Zimunhu Bar in Epworth this Thursday, September 24. And this will be the first time that the musician performs in the sprawling suburb of Epworth following the release of the chart-topping “Jerusarema”.

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The musician’s manager Keen Mushapaidze said even though it is a midweek gig, the star’s fans should expect the very best from the outfit.
\n“We have our fans at heart and will always deliver only the best for them. We will every now and then be having midweek shows, though it will depend on the arrangements that we have with various promoters,” said Mushapaidze.

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According to executives with Third Generation Band, the group wants to hold shows in areas like Epworth that they have been neglecting in recent months. The show was jointly organised by Jah Prayzah’s team and Zimunhu Bar proprietors.

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“We are always looking at bringing new things for Epworth residents. This show is meant for them to come and unwind, but most importantly enjoy Jah Prayzah’s new offering live in their backyard,” an official from Zimunhu Bar said.

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Sulu says goodbye
\nDendera crooner Suluman “Sulu” Chimbetu will today hold his last gig before leaving for an international tour that will see him perform in the UK and Australia. Dubbed the Dendera Farewell Gig, the family show will be held at Extra Mile Leisure Spot, starting in the afternoon. The farewell show comes hot on the heels of the successful Simon Chimbetu Commemoration show that was held at the same venue last month.

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In an interview last week, Sulu’s publicist Joe “Local” Nyamungoma, said the farewell gig was important to them as group. “The Sunday gig will give us a chance to say goodbye to our fans. This is how things are done in our culture. You don’t just varnish. We expect all our fans to come and join us on the day. It is during the show that we will officially communicate our itinerary. And the good thing is it will be a family show meaning each and every one of our fans, never mind the age, will get an opportunity to watch us in action before the two-week break on the local scene.”

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At Extra Mile, Sulu will be supported by Leonard Zhakata.
\nThe dendera ensemble is set to leave this Tuesday for two shows in London where they will be supported by Prince Musarurwa and dancehall artiste Freeman at T-Chances Music Centre on September 25 and The Drum in Birmingham the following day.

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In Australia, the multi-award winning group will perform in Perth at the Charles Hotel on October 2 before proceeding to John Curtin Hotel in Melbourne the following day.

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Finally, the Orchestra Dendera Kings will wind-up their Australian romance with a performance in Sydney at the Uruguayan Social and Sporting Club.

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Dr Zobha, Mugadza @ Private Lounge
\nDavies Mugadza seems determined to stir more controversy.
\nIt is widely known that he is Dr Zobha but the radio personality remains adamant that he has never publicly admitted to being the face behind the mask.

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Now, Mugadza has come up with a new concept that is likely to raise more questions about the faceless character. He is sharing the stage with a masked man purported to be Dr Zobha.

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The two shared the stage and spent the night side-by-side at a show in Southerton last month and this Thursday they will be on stage together at Private Lounge in a gig themed “Zobha versus Zobha”.

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At the Southerton show, the duo left fans with many questions after presenting a flawless act. The masked man was Dr Zobha in every aspect: his gait, voice and humour were spot on.

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So, if Mugadza is Dr Zobha, who played the faceless character at the show? People will be asking a similar question ahead of the Thursday show at Private Lounge.

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Mugadza said he will be playing his R&B and soul tunes while Dr Zobha plays a local and international old skool selection that is synonymous with his act.

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He challenged fans to come and see that he is not Dr Zobha saying the two will actually be competing on the turntables.
\n“Like I said before, I am not Dr Zobha. I have never said I am Zobha. Zobha has never said he is Mugadza. Those who did not have a chance to see this truth in Southerton should come to Private Lounge,” he said.

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After their show in Southerton, the man behind the mask said he is Zobha Mandizvidza from Gumbonzvanda and he is the only Dr Zobha in the country.

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A host of popular club DJs will also grace the “Zobha versus Zobha” gig and it is likely to be a night of surprises.