CONTEMPORARY singer Jah Prayzah has been forced to now launch his album, Hokoyo, online on March 31 because of government ban on public gatherings.
The singer had planned a mammoth launch on April 3 but due to the coronavirus threat it will now be streamed live on Facebook, arguably the first of its kind in the country courtesy of his corporate sponsors.
Jah Prayzah will perform as he had planned to on April 3 in front of an intimate crowd which includes his production team and a few individuals.
On Tuesday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced a raft of measures to curb the spread of the virus which included a ban on public gatherings of more than 100 people.
“In light of recent developments around the world and in light of the recent suspension of public gatherings of 100 or more people, we wish to announce the postponement of the Hokoyo album launch event scheduled for the 3rd of April 2020 to a later date.
“We acknowledge and fully appreciate the need to preserve public health. However, we believe at such a time as this, music can still be a medium of hope. We will therefore be launching the album via Facebook livestream on March 31, 2020,” read a statement from the singer.
Speaking to the Daily News, Jah Prayzah’s manager Keen Mushapaidze said they will replicate what they had planned for their followers on April 3.
“We are planning something that has not been seen in the country before. What we had planned for the public launch is what we will do on the livestream launch and probably go a step further,” he said.
Jah Prayzah boasts a huge social media following in and outside the country.
Just like any other launch, Jah Prayzah will have other supporting acts on the live stream launch.
“We will have other acts that will perform on the day and we will be announcing their names and the venue sonn,” Mushapaidze said.
Singer Tocky Vibes had lined up his Dhongi Newaya album launch for March 28 at Mashwede and again it has been affected.
He told the Daily News that the gathering will not be held but the music will be shared on his online platforms.
“In the interest of public health we will no longer be hosting the launch as planned. We will however utilise our social media platforms and have the music accessible online,” he said.