Jah Prayzah appears to be re-inventing himself and one of many main modifications he has made about his picture is dumping the navy gear, it has emerged.
Jah Prayzah’s camp has since roped in outstanding designer Thembani Mubochwa, who has been making outfits for him and his band.
In addition they now seek advice from his followers as “Crew JP” as an alternative of “masoja”.
The Kune Rima hit maker, who’s a Zimbabwe Nationwide Military cultural ambassador, had change into so hooked up to the navy that his followers are actually known as masoja (troopers).
Nonetheless, the picture of the military has change into a supply of polarisation, particularly after a brutal crackdown final month the place human rights teams say as many as 17 folks have been killed by troopers deployed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to quell protests.
Some Zimbabweans on social media are actually within the behavior of taking potshots at Jah Prayzah, whom they describe as an emblem of oppression, whereas heaping praises on his rival Winky D.
The modifications in Jah Prayzah’s wardrobe has led to quite a lot of hypothesis, however his supervisor Eager Mushapaidze tried to downplay the transformation, saying it was “simply seasonal”.
“I do not assume we are able to say he has dumped navy apparel,” Mushapaidze mentioned.
“The official place is that he has been carrying completely different uniforms through the years and it depends upon what evokes him at that specific time.
“On whether or not we’ll see the band dressing in military uniforms sooner or later, solely time will inform.”
Curiously, the military lately ordered troopers to cease showing in public in uniforms, fearing retribution from civilians within the aftermath of the crackdown.
In accordance with a memorandum that circulated early this month, servicemen have been barred from carrying comflouge exterior barracks.
“The Zimbabwe Nationwide Military has directed that with fast impact no navy uniform can be worn exterior cantonment areas. This is applicable to members commuting to and from locations of labor, intra- and intercity commuting,” learn the discover.
“Take notice that after working hours, members are to placed on civilian garments and go away their uniforms in cantonment areas. Some members have been attacked by hostile civilians while in uniform.”
In the meantime, Mushapaidze dismissed stories of a rift between Jah Prayzah and Winky D, saying the 2 superstars usually are not competing in any means.
“There isn’t any competitors. When you adopted Jah Prayzah’s interviews from lengthy again, he has at all times mentioned that he’s a fan of Winky D, however sadly there are folks with their very own agendas who need to create a rift between the 2 artistes,” he mentioned.
Mushapaidze additionally defended his repost of Jah Prayzah’s 2017 Coke Studio manufacturing and a celebratory message on his verification on Instagram.
“The truth that persons are saying there’s a competitors doesn’t imply both of the camps stops pushing their works the best way they at all times do,” he mentioned, including that collaboration between the 2 artistes couldn’t be dominated out.
“The prospects [of collaborating] are there, however generally time is an issue as a result of each artistes are busy however when the suitable time comes, it can occur,” he mentioned.