Zifa courts Jah Prayzah to coin a song for the Warriors

Zifa courts Jah Prayzah to coin a song for the Warriors
Published: 15 June 2019 (174 Views)
FROM teams marching onto home grounds accompanied by theme songs, to World Cup anthems and pop culture references, the music industry has strong ties to the world's most beautiful game.

Football lovers have heard Liverpool's You'll Never Walk Alone being played at Anfield, while Manchester City's Blue Moon and Newcastle United's Local Hero are other well-known examples.

The World Cup has also become synonymous with music.

Ever since Los Ramblers penned the song El Rock del Mundial to inspire host nation Chile at the 1962 edition, the World Cup has had an official song.

Queen's We Are The Champions in 1994 and Ricky Martin's Cup of Life four years later are two of the more prominent examples.

In 1990, the BBC used Luciano Pavarotti's classic Nessun Dorma as its theme for the World Cup in Italy which aligned beautifully with slow motion footage of the game's biggest stars strutting their stuff.

Back home, it seems to have become a norm that when the country's flagship football team — Warriors — qualifies for the prestigious Afcon tournaments, songs to motivate them ahead of their hunts in the African tourney are composed.

Months before Warriors' first Afcon dance in 2004, artistes got into the studio and did a piece. The 2006 edition Zimbabwe's qualification was not spared with the song Go Warriors Go becoming an anthem in every household, as this soccer-crazy nation could not wait to watch King Peter Ndlovu and his teammates do duty in Egypt.

Two years ago, local dancehall artistes Bounty Lisa, Abra Simzz, T-Mula teamed up to compose a song dedicated to the Warriors who were then taking  part in the Afcon in Gabon.

The song was a spin-off of John Chibadura's Baya Wabaya, a yesteryear tune that  reminds many of Tanga Wekwa Sando's Vakomana Vekwedu, a tune that undoubtedly played in every part of the country before and after the Warriors embarked on a hunt.

With exactly a week before 2019 Afcon football action explodes in Cairo, Egypt, we reveal that the Zifa president has courted the country's most sought after contemporary musician and lead member of the band Third Generation, Jah Prayzah to coin a new song for the Sunday Chidzambwa-mentored side.

"We know that Jah Prayzah has quite a number of followers and he is also a Warriors fan. So, I asked him to compose a song for the Warriors. I hope that will also motivate our Warriors," said Felton Kamambo.

For Jah Prayzah, the challenge is huge and he understands the role that music plays in football.

"The idea is amazing and we are going to do it. . . . Just to get everyone in the football mood, needs music. Football does not go without music. We are going to do a great song," said the dreadlocked muso.

Indeed music plays a part before, during and after the match.

Hopefully the next offering by the singer will evoke feelings of happiness as it connects the Knowledge Musona-led ship with the fans.

Zimbabwe are in Group A where they open their campaign against the hosts Egypt on June 21 (at 10pm Zimbabwean time) before they take on Uganda on June 26 (at 7pm Zimbabwean time).

They then wrap up their group stage matches against the Democratic Republic of Congo four days later at 9pm.

- bmetro

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Another resounding victory for Zimbabwe

by Daniel Itai | 17 July 2019 | 123 Views

Duty waiver on solar equipment

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 105 Views

Govt to announce workers' package

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 132 Views

Chinese to invest US$15m in solar plant

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 79 Views

Perrance Shiri warns defaulting new farmers

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 114 Views

City ups trenching fees from $10 000 to $100 000

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 78 Views

Gabriel writes off Bosso debt

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 71 Views

Zimbabwe Gems thrash Barbados

by STaff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 75 Views

Prophet in murder & robbery gang

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 81 Views

Bulawayo town clerk back at work, Kambarami in court

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 59 Views

Murisa honours Ali 'Baba'

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 50 Views

Gukurahundi victims top documentation hearing

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 50 Views

Modi given standing ovation at dogs-attacked woman's church

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 72 Views

Women give Gweru council 14-day ultimatum

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 58 Views

Stanbic Bank pays workers advance wage to avert strike

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 77 Views

Civil servants wages: Govt can't run forever

by Editorial - Newsday | 17 July 2019 | 70 Views

Mnangagwa creating a bourgeoisie class

by Paidamoyo Muzulu | 17 July 2019 | 73 Views

Chivayo request bribery proof

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 57 Views

Interbank rate throws HCC off rails

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 61 Views

Man up for torching neighbours' huts

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 52 Views

3 cops in 160kg gold ore heist

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 28 Views

Farmer unmasks Gwaradzimba

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 43 Views

Mandiwanzira's Megawatt saga rages on

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 32 Views

Warrant of arrest for Zanu-PF councillor

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 34 Views

Man kills drunk, noisy mum

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 44 Views

Poor salaries jolt civil servants

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 26 Views

Matibiri sued over US$189k farming inputs debt

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 29 Views

July Moyo steps in to resolve BCC, ZPC rift

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 30 Views

Chidakwa, Gudyanga trial date set

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 25 Views

Sikhala case exposes MDC confusion, dilemma

by Nobleman Runyanga | 17 July 2019 | 66 Views

Gloves off on corrupt fatcats: Zacc

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 33 Views

Mnangagwa's prosecutors castigated by magistrate

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 30 Views

Armed robbers pounce on combine harvester, steal diesel

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 30 Views

Sikhala arrest cost us Bikita East by-election, claims MDC

by Stafff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 27 Views

ZRP warns against mob justice

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 31 Views

'ZHRC making inroads at problematic institutions'

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2019 | 19 Views