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Mukudzeyi Mukombe
 July 4, 1987
Harare


Jah Prayzah, is a Zimbabwean contemporary musician and lead member of the band Third Generation. He is popularly referred to by fans and media as "Musoja", the Shona word for "soldier", a name he earned mostly because of his signature band uniform of military regalia. The name "Jah Prayzah" comes from his name, "Mukudzeyi", which means "Praise Him".


Mukombe is the last born in a family of five. As a young boy he liked writing, reading his father's Shona novels, swimming in the river with friends, and hunting in the forests. Time and again he would come back home with his shorts torn from all the climbing and adventure. Most importantly, he liked to sing. He nurtured this habit through singing at school assemblies and at church, as well as playing the mbira with his teacher Mupa Musimbe. As he grew older and as his mbira skills improved, Mukombe felt confident and inspired to pursue his interests in music. People began to realize his natural gift in music and language, and encouraged him to be serious with it.


He attended Musanhi Primary School and later Musanhi High School in Murehwa in Mashonaland East Province. He then relocated to Harare where he stayed with his uncle and eventually completed his ordinary and advanced levels of education in Harare.


Mukombe's first experience with composing music was during his early years of high school. He started to record dancehall and reggae tracks with his friends with some tracks creating a vibe in the suburb, but failing to hit the national music scene. He later recorded contemporary music and afro jazztracks with DJ Thando and other local producers, releasing singles such as "Sorry Mama" and "Seiko".


He started his career in 2005. In 2007 he released his first commercially launched album, Sungano. He went on to release two more albums, Rudo neRunyararo and Ngwarira Kuparara. The latter was commercially successful and contained the singles "Maria" and "Dande", the latter of which featured Chiwoniso Maraire. Ngwarira Kuparara was commercially successful, and he was offered a contract for the Wednesday slots at a local Harare pub called Jazz 105.
In 2013 he released his fourth album Tsviriyo and won a NAMA award for song of the Year for the song "Gotchi Gotchi". In 2014 he released Kumbumura Mhute. In the same year he won five NAMA awards and two ZIMA awards.


In 2015 he opened a new studio and released his sixth studio album, Jerusarema. His most notable work was a collaboration with award-winning Tanzanian artist Diamond Platnumz on his hit song "Watora Mari", which reached over a million views on YouTube in less than a month after its release. "Watora Mari" has enjoyed massive airplay on MTV Base and Trace Africa.


On 2 November 2018, Mukombe launched his eighth studio album titled Chitubu. The album features collaborations from well known African artists such as Patoranking and Sauti Sol. In 2019, Mukombe was nominated for the Best Male Artist in Southern Africa in the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMAs).


Awards

 

  • MTV African Music Award 2016 - Listener's Choice Award

  • NAMA 2013 Award for Song of the Year, "Gochi Gochi"

  • 2013 Zimbabwe Peace ambassador award

  • NAMA 2014 Awards - Outstanding Album, Tsviriyo

  • NAMA 2014 Awards - Outstanding Song, "Tsviriyo"

  • NAMA 2014 Awards - Outstanding Male Artist, Jah Prayzah

  • NAMA 2014 Awards - Outstanding Video, "Mwanasikana"

  • NAMA 2014 Awards - People's Choice, Jah Prayzah

  • Zim Dream Online award- 2014

  • NAMA 2016 Awards - Album of the Year

  • NAMA 2016 Awards - Outstanding Male Artist

  • ZIMA 2016 Awards - Artist of the Year

  • ZIMA 2016 Awards - Traditional Song of the Year "Jerusarema"

  • ZIMA 2016 Awards - Album of the Year, Jerusarema

  • ZIMA 2016 Awards - Collaboration of the Year, "Kure Kure" ft. Ammara Brown

  • Zimbabwe Achievers Awards - Best International Music Artist and he also performed with  Nygyly Munyuki

Videography

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCnM42OABr8 Munyarazi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NJUPWoMIvU Donhodzo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jHrmOf7cYs Chiramwiwa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7X0lgMHhuQ Kkwayedza

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkOUGi-xSbo Mukwasha

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtMVteQufXk Tonight

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iuzyULdqIE wenge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDmZbubJ9rY eriya

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OxZCcz6t3w dzirere

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyOHsvFce5s Kana Ndaba ft zahara

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAzNBS70Zsc Nyaya yerudo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-c74Q8kRAw Mwana wamambo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQf_9JZQfU8 Miteuto ft zimpraise

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_kMVlXxYVo Kumahimbwe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVDHvEc6rHc Hokoyo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMLKyhmGGuA asante

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-TnBlnrSoc sadza nemuro ft Iyasa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=admrlN1SiCg dangerous

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGLvVpthDNw fambai nebhora

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7FZCndDeeI masaisai kuVanhu

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CttQBT5O2lE Ndini namubata

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nG-kLrvcMOY chikomo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cm89uUm8dpk kunerima

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc58UMOhiZw ronika

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oh1NecPR_gw Angel Lo Ft jah cure

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esf9p-qQGFI Ndiyo yerudo ft yemo olade

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dkBahXXAyo My Lilly ft davido

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2jc4KBkZ54 Sendekera

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8Ogqf9P2qI watora mari

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgO0XZmlafw Ndoenda

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3cn4XxNoQY Chinamira

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbCJHz3CqVE Tiise maoko

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4keICfifRvs Jesuralem

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2WMJ3GTIWA hello

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBEsw-S-ev8 Soja Rinosvika Kure

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHnPZOZ7HkQ kumbumura mhute

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgESUIBhIE0 dali wami ft charma girl

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8uwMBngyIw Makanika

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_9VlUPVCXw Moyo wakaoma

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-8EFrZijIU Eriza

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDx91NybtH0 tsviriyo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZV7me556jgk mnana sikana

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7R5cdk6Dels Ngoda

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDx91NybtH0 tsviriyo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZV7me556jgk mnana sikana

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7R5cdk6Dels Ngoda

Albums
 

Chitubu (2 November 2018)
Kutonga Kwaro (2017)
Mdhara Vachauya (2016)
Jerusarema (2015)
Kumbumura Mhute (2014)
Tsviriyo (2013)
Ngwarira Kuparara (2012)
Sungano Yerudo (2010)
Rudo Nerunyararo (2007)

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