Jah Prayzah Biography: Real Name, Age, Music Career, Political Connections, Family
Jah Prayzah is a musician from Zimbabwe who leads the band Third Generation. His fans and the media call him “Musoja,” which means “soldier” in Shona because he often wears a military uniform when performing. His stage name “Jah Prayzah” comes from his real name “Mukudzeyi,” which means “Praise Him.”
Jah Prayzah Age
The artist was born in Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe on the 4th of July 1987. This makes him 35 years of age this year as he will celebrate 36 later in the year.
Jah Prayzah Early Life and Education
Mukudzeyi Mukombe was born and grew up in Uzumba, Murehwa, a small town that is 95 km away from Zimbabwe’s capital, . He is the youngest of five siblings. When he was young, he enjoyed reading his father’s Shona novels, swimming in the river with his friends, and hunting in the forests. He also enjoyed singing, which he did at school assemblies and church, as well as playing the mbira with his teacher Mupa Musimbe. As he got older, Mukombe’s mbira skills improved, and he became more interested in music. People noticed his natural talent and encouraged him to pursue it.
Mukombe went to Musamhi Primary School and then Musamhi High School in Mutoko, Mashonaland East Province. Later, he moved to Harare to live with his uncle and finished his ordinary and advanced levels of education in the city.
Jah Prayzah’s Music Career
Mukombe started creating music in high school. He first recorded dancehall and reggae tracks with his friends, but they only became popular in his suburb and did not gain national attention. He then recorded contemporary and afro jazz tracks with local producers, releasing singles such as “Sorry Mama” and “Seiko”.
In 2007, he released his first album, Sungano, and later released two more albums, Rudo neRunyararo and Ngwarira Kuparara. The latter was very successful and contained hit songs like “Maria” and “Dande”. In 2013, he won a NAMA award for Song of the Year for his single “Gotchi Gotchi” from his fourth album Tsviriyo. The following year, he released Kumbumura Mhute and won five NAMA awards and two ZIMA awards.
In 2015, he opened a new studio and released his sixth album, Jerusarema. He also collaborated with Tanzanian artist Diamond Platnumz on the hit song “Watora Mari”, which gained millions of views on YouTube and enjoyed massive airplay on music channels.
In 2018, Mukombe released his eighth album, Chitubu, featuring collaborations with African artists such as Patoranking and Sauti Sol. He was nominated for Best Male Artist in Southern Africa at the 2019 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMAs).
In 2020, he released his other album Hokoyo and then later in 2021 went on to release Gwara. Over the years Jah Prayzah has collaborated with international artists like Makhadzi and Mr Brown.
- Gwara (2021)
- Hokoyo (2020)
- Chitubu (2018)
- Kutonga Kwaro (2017)
- Mdhara Vachauya (2016)
- Jerusarema (2015)
- Kumbumura Mhute (2014)
- Tsviriyo (2013)
- Ngwarira Kuparara (2012)
- Sungano Yerudo (2010)
- Rudo Nerunyararo (2007)
Jah Prayzah has been linked with the ruling party a lot. In 2018, he sang a song called Kutonga Kwaro which then became a national song for the coup that happened. At all the rallies, the song was being sung and played, and people started thinking that he was a spirit medium.
Jah Prayzah’s Wife and Family
Jah Prayzer is married to Rufaro Chiworeso, the person he sang about in his song Rufaro. They have four children, a son, and three daughters. He also has a son from his previous marriage. In 2012, he revealed that his mother blessed him after receiving a US$7,000 present from him on her birthday.