ZimLivesMatter ghost haunts Jah Prayzah
ZIMBABWEAN music fans have taken to social media in protest against failure by Jah Prayzah to add his voice to the fight against human rights abuses in the country, vowing not to support his nomination for a United States award.
The Zimbabwe international icon, real name Mukudzei Mukombe, posted on his Twitter account soliciting for votes from his fans for the African Entertainment Awards, USA (AEAUSA).
Jah Prayzah was nominated in the Entertainer of the Year Category.
A cross section of Zimbabwean fans on social media responded by vowing not to vote for him regardless of how good his music is, citing his failure to add his voice in support of the oppressed at home.
Some Zimbabwean Twitter users vowed to vote for Nigerian superstar Burna Boy rather than compatriot Jah Prayzah.
Popular social media influencer Wellence Mujuru joined the campaign against Jah Prayzer and posted: “I mistakenly voted for Burna Boy: Sorry JP.”
Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono took to his Twitter page to declare his support for Burna Boy and equated him with the late Bob Marley, Thomas Mapfumo and the late National Hero, Oliver Mtukudzi, who sang liberation music during Zimbabwe’s war for independence.
“Thank you Burna Boy for standing with Zimbabweans during one of the most repressive moments of our post-colonial history.
“You join a list of illustrious singers led by Bob Marley, Thomas Mapfumo and Oliver Mtukudzi who refused to be “neutral” when citizens were in distress!” wrote Chin’ono on his Twitter page.
“Any entertainer who says he or she doesn’t do politics while his compatriots are suffering and are being brutalised, would have chosen to side with the oppressor!
“The citizen should also respond in kind to such charlatans who have NO sense of compassion or consciousness’s!” he further wrote.
Another influencer known as Dr Gwafa lashed at Jah Prayzah for not using his voice to speak out against human rights abuses in the country although they depend on their fan base during votes.
“Ma celebrities edu aya (Our celebrities) think they’re so special.
“They need your votes but each and every time we ask them to raise their voices with us they let us down.
“They don’t want even to stand side-by-side with us or even to follow you back,” wrote Gwafa.
The AEAUSA is one of the most prestigious awards from the US which recognises Africa’s entertainers.
Writing on his official Twitter account, Jah Prayzah said the nomination alone is an indication that he is one of the best in Africa.
“Team JP, your support for the works is being recognised out there.
“We have a nomination for top entertainer at the AEAUSA.
“The nomination in itself is a win. Go and vote on their website,” Jah Prayzer said.
In his category, Jah Prayzah has been nominated together with other international acts, among them Burna Boy, Wiskid, Innoss B, Diamond Platinumz, Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage, Eddy Kenzo and Harmonize.
Another Zimbabwean nominated for the AEAUSA is Wink D, who is up for the best dancehall artist and South African-based Sha Sha, who is up for the best female act.
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