I DON’T PAY FOR COLLABOS :JAH PRAYZAH | Jah Prayzah says he has never paid for a collaboration with any of the African giants he has worked with.
“It is a cultural exchange and that is how we treat it. Right now Mafikizolo is featuring me on their album and Diamond Platnumz is doing the same. Music needs chemistry. When that chemistry is there, the works just come out.
“People will always see what they want to see. They see me rubbing shoulders with millionaires and they think that I’m also a millionaire, no. I just connect with these artistes musically and then we hang out. The pocket is never really an issue.
“People thought that I had a car before I could even afford to buy myself a second-hand vehicle. I am just blessed I think, because in dealing with all these big people, I have never paid a cent to do a collaboration,” he said in an interview with The Sunday Mail.
His new album which he is releasing next week, “Kutonga Kwaro” features Tanzanian superstar Diamond Platnumz and Nigerian Afro-pop singer Yemi Alade.
On Friday, Jah Prayzah also intends to drop two videos. “The song we did with Yemi has a video as well as ‘Chengetedza’, a track I think will be an instant hit upon release.”
He describes the 14-track “Kutonga Kwaro” as a 50-50 project in terms of balancing his traditional beat and fusing foreign influences.
Some of the tracks on the album are “Poporopipo” (featuring Diamond Platnumz), “Pikoko”, “Hello Mama”, Ndin’ndamubata” and the already popular “Chengetedza”.
The album was worked by Jah Prayzah’s in-house producer DJ Tamuka, and Wasafi Records producer Devi Laiza.
“I have faith in my producer now. He mixed and mastered everything. Ninety percent of the album was produced by (DJ) Tamuka and the remainder by (Devi) Laiza of Wasafi Records from Tanzania.
“We want to continue going forward. This album carries 14 tracks. My previous album was 70-30 in terms of balancing the traditional Jah Jah music and the foreign influences, but this time around it is 50-50.
“I have not departed too much from my traditional sound – my melodies are still the same.
We are not changing our music per se; we are just modernising it, making it more international.”