Harare -Rewind to 2017, in the month of May to be precise.
A self-proclaimed prophet called Paul Sanyangore and his lieutenant, veteran broadcaster Tich Mataz, pull of a spectacle that makes tabloid headlines.
They claim to have called God on a cellphone.
In front of hundreds of congregants, Sanyangore dials a number and says he is calling God. The phone is handed to Tich Mataz and the DJ “confirms” he’s speaking to the Almighty.
Needless to say, the pair was roundly ridiculed.
Just over two years later, another Zimbabwean emerges making a similar claim, but this time in song.
A guy called Rodney Mashandure (25), known in music circles as Jah Master, sings of how he calls God for a breakthrough.
In the song “Hello Mwari” (“Hello God”), Jah Master tells he God about how people are trying to pull him down.
Jah Master says life wasn’t treating him too good at the time he pens the song, which has become a dancehall hit in Zimbabwe.
He returned from South Africa in 2019 after hustling and menial jobs took him nowhere fast.
Jah Master was often mentioned in passing as a potential dancehall star, but the big score was just not coming, even though producers who had sampled “Hello Mwari” felt there was something special there.
“When I was invited to do visit the studio to do the record, on a Nash Tv riddim, I did not have money. I told Levels, the producer, of my situation and he told me to borrow US$1 for bus fare, which he would replace,” recounts Jah Master.
He made it to the studio and in early August, the song was on the airwaves.
Then the self-proclaimed prophets came back.
This time it was Prophet Passion Java, who sponsored a remix with Tanzanian songstress Haithan Kim, which gave the song international appeal.
In three days, the remix had garnered 164,000 views on YouTube, following the trail set by the original song which now has close to two million views.
For a long time to come, people will talk about how Jah Master borrowed a dollar he could not even pay back to make that call to God that changed his life.
Master KG up for 5 awards
Johannesburg - Man of the moment Kgaogelo Moagi aka Master KG continues to shine after bagging five nominations in the prestigious African Music Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA).
Master KG shared the good news with his fans on twitter this week.
"Wow I'm Nominated 5 Times at this year @afrimma Awards,” he tweeted.
He is up for honours in the Best Male Southern Africa, Video of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Collaboration and Artist of the Year categories.
Mater KG is enjoying his time in the sun after the runaway international success of “Jerusalema”, which peaked at number one on the Shazam Global Charts.
Even mega celebrities like Cristiano Ronaldo are doing the “Jerusalema” dance.
Other artists nominated for AFRIMMA recognition this year include Black Coffee Tshego, Yanga Chief and Cassper Nyovest (Best Male Southern Africa).
Sho Madjozi, Busiswa, Elaine, Ami Faku and Azana were nominated in the Best Female Southern Africa category.
The AFRIMAs were established by African Music Magazine in collaboration with the African Union in 2014 to celebrate creativity and cultural excellence across the continent.