Zimbabwe: Jah Prayzah to Rock Zim Day At Dubai Expo

The world comes together Monday at Expo 2020 Dubai to celebrate Zimbabwe’s National Day, a culmination of the country’s six-month long marketing efforts in the United Arab Emirates that has lured many potentially lucrative investment and trade enquiries.

Expo 2020 Dubai, featuring 192 participating countries including Zimbabwe, began on October 1, 2021 and will reach a finale on March 31, 2022, with each participating nation getting a unique opportunity to share its national prospects and rich cultural heritage.

The Zimbabwe National Day proceedings, running under the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,’ will be officially opened by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Besides the international audience, this auspicious event will also be attended by Zimbabwe government officials and members of the Zimbabwe business community.

To add much- needed colour to the special day, Zimbabwe has roped in multi -award winning Zimbabwe contemporary musician Mukudzei Mukombe, popularly known as Jah Prayzah.

The gifted entertainer, who is widely regarded as Zimbabwe’s most popular musician, is billed to provide a shop window of Zimbabwe’s rich cultural heritage tonight with a performance at the Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre from 1700hrs to 1800hrs.

Gifted with a deep voice, the lanky crooner has dominated the local music industry for the past decade and has previously collaborated with well-known African artistes such as Tanzanian Diamond Platnumz, Patoranking, Kenyan Afropop band Sauti Sol, Nigerian songbird Yemi Alade, the immensely popular Mafikizolo from South Africa as well as the late internationally acclaimed Zimbabwean music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi.

The travel and participation of Jah Prayzah and his group at Expo 2020 Dubai was sponsored by Zimbabwe’s property giant, West Properties.

According to West Property’s chief executive officer, Ken Sharpe the funding of Jah Prayzah tour of Dubai is in keeping with his company’s efforts to put brand Zimbabwe on the global map.

“As a proudly Zimbabwean company, West Property’s participation at Expo 2020 Dubai, including the sponsorship of Jah Prayzah, is our small way of promoting brand Zimbabwe on the big global stage for the benefit of every Zimbabwean,” Sharpe said.

“We are supporting the sustainability of our communities in Zimbabwe by committing ourselves to building our country “one brick at a time”. We are honored today to have the opportunity to sponsor Jah Prazah and his ensemble of performers. He is an icon of Zimbabwean culture in music and his Godly talent must be recognised by the world. We hope those that attend tonight’s concert will hear and feel of the Zimbabwe spirit that comes from his music,” he said.

Zimbabwe is rich in mineral resources. The predominant minerals include platinum, chrome, gold, coal, and diamonds.