Dzamutsana sets YouTube record

By Staff record | 27 Nov 2018 at 16:23hrs
JAH PRAYZAH'S trending video, Dzamutsana, yesterday clocked one million views on YouTube, less than a month after launch - a record for Zimbabwe.

At the time of writing, Dzamutsana, had 1,001,517 views, 11 000 likes and 386 dislikes on YouTube.

Dzamutsana is taken off Jah Prayzah's latest album, Chitubu, and was uploaded on YouTube on November 3 - a day after the project was officially launched at the Harare International Conference Centre.

The video, shot in the rural areas of Binga, took just two days to assume the number one position on You Tube's trending chart and has been there for 21 successive days, which is another Zimbabwean record.

Jah Prayzah, who spent last fortnight on tour in Australia, yesterday thanked his fans for their support which helped him achieve the new records.

He is expected back home today.

"Thank you a million times masoja angu. Hakuna vamwe vanopfuura imi. This video has been gaining momentum ever since we released it and now it has broken the record as the fastest video to reach one million views from all the videos I have done before.

"It is also the video that has held the number spot on YouTube trending for the longest time from all the videos I have done before. All this was not possible without you. Ndimi munorwa hondo dzangu dzese ndirere. Ndinoti kwamuri Rambai muchiringa a million times over. I love you all #1000000," he posted on his Instagram page.

What makes Dzamutsana's achievements even more remarkable is that two videos released by Ammara Brown and Winky D earlier than Jah Prayzah's project had not breached the 300 000-view mark as of 6pm last night.

Ammara Brown's Svoto video, which features Mr. Eazi, which was posted on October 30, had 289 828 views on YouTube as at 6pm last night.

Winky D's Paper Bag was unveiled 24 hours before Dzamutsana and was on 208,692 YouTube views as of 6pm last night.

Dzamutsana video portrays a beautiful love story with folktale imagery of a Zimbabwe or Africa many only read about or imagine.

Jah Prayzah plays the protagonist in the love story – portraying a young man in love who has to stalk a girl of his dreams despite the fact that the girl's father loathes him.

The story setting – hundreds of miles from the city lights of Harare – is Binga, rural Zimbabwe.

The video captures earth in her untainted beauty with different shots of majestic views that one can only find in Zimbabwe and Africa.

From the beautiful African sunset to wonderful river scenery to untainted rockery – it is all contained in this traditional video telling an African love story.

Jah Prayzah goes to the Binga people in remote Zimbabwe, where they still eat natural foods, fruits and roots for survival. A 114-year-old man stars in the video, a typical Binga native.

Also starring is Elijah Madzikatire, an almost forgotten but easily recognizable character in Zimbabwean showbiz.

Jah Prayzah complements them well with his great acting abilities perhaps springing from his acting background.

The video to this well sung love song is purely Zimbabwean and can only be told by a Zimbabwean.

No artist has ever attempted to tell this – almost Khoi san – side of Zimbabwe and that has made this video different.

Apart from Dzamutsana, there are other audio versions of Chitubu tracks that have been doing very well on YouTube –led by Kumahumbwe which was on 210 094 views as of 6pm last night while Chikomo was on 188 617 views.



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