The Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef), which allegedly misused thousands of dollars at the behest of Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo, paid music star Jah Prayzah $8 000 to make a promotional video for the Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programme.
Documents seen by the Daily News show that the Uzumba-born artiste was paid to do a promotional video titled “Ngazvitenderere” which seeks to promote the learning of maths and science subjects in Zimbabwean schools.
The award-winning musician largely derived the promotional video from his song called “Chinamira” off his album “Jerusarema.”
Jah Prayzah’s manager Keen Mushapaidze was not very forthcoming when the Daily News contacted him on the matter yesterday.
“We signed a special contract which prohibits us from disclosing the contents of the agreement,” “was all he could say.
The enlisting of Jah Prayzah’s services to make the video is not surprising give the higher education minister’s penchant to use musicians to prop up initiatives under his purview.
Musicians who have been roped in to sing about government projects by Moyo include Pax Afro, Tambaoga, Brian Taurai Mteki, and Nonsikelelo among others.
Jah Prayzah’s jingle, just like the pro-land reform ones created at Moyo’s behest, is receiving a lot of airplay on airplay on state-owned television and radio.
Source: Daily News