MARONDERA - Surrey Farm, located 54km along the Harare-Mutare highway, was the rendezvous when the much sought after entertainer, Mukudzei Mukombe, popularly known as Jah Prayzah entertained revellers at a family show on 18 February 2017.
The objective of the show was to use entertainment to bring together families from in and around Marondera in a friendly environment.
The show brought the normally quiet town of Marondera and its farming setting to life as adults and children alike, had the opportunity witness one of the musicians of the moment, some for the first time, in action.
The artiste, Jah Prayzah and his Third Generation Band belted tunes from his previous and current albums. Songs such as Watora Mari, Goto, Jenny and obviously, the National Arts and Merit Awards (NAMA) Song of the Year, Mudhara achauya were popular with the crowd. Jah Prayzah and Ma Bla 10 produced some energetic dances much to the amusement of the audience.
To make it a truly family event, each adult was given a braai pack upon entry and beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic were in abundance. The entrance fee was $5 per adult and $2 for children.
Those children who could not resist it, spent most of their time playing in the jumping castles specifically provided for this group of entertainment seekers.
After the show revellers had mixed feelings about the 'Mudhara achauya' hitmaker who arrived later than expected.
"This is daylight robbery. How can the artiste perform for only two hours and charge us that much. He is also not all that good when it comes to live performances," one man could be heard complaining.
According to Ms Nelia Muranda credit must go to Jah Prayzah and company for a day well spent.
"It was a nice family outing, the environment was user-friendly, very organised, no violence and everything was provided for.
"However, Jah Prayzah's tracks seemed to end prematurely. Also, the performers did not dance as expected, maybe because they were reserving their energy for the NAMA Awards later that evening," she remarked.
Before the performance by Third Generation, the revellers got the taste of a Marondera resident band, Pengaudzoke led by Faheem Somanje, which gave a spirited performance. Faheem is the son of the late Daiton Somanje who founded Pengaudzoke in the 1980s.
It is estimated that a total of 2000 people attended the show.
Commenting on the family show, Surrey Group National Sales Manager, Mr Ranganayi Zihumo said,
"In terms of attendance, we are very pleased. This is moreso, considering the threatening weather as most parts of the country rained on the particular day.
"Those in attendance enjoyed the family show and it compares well with the inaugural one, if we are to judge its success."
This is the second family that has been hosted at the farm following the first show, which also marked the official opening of the Braai Area, which was held on 11 December 2016. Sungura maestro, Alick Macheso graced the memorable occasion.