Nhoroondo is a four-part visual musical ensemble by Jah Prayzah from his newly released album Gwara. The award-winning musician teamed up with Vusa ‘Blaqs’ Hlatshwayo for this cinematographic where the maestro doesn’t play a leading role but looks like a wizened sage seeing all and heralding all.
This album is different from his usual which usually has sprinklings of dance tracks with a catchy beat, this album is a lesson in morals and ethics.
Nhoroondo means an account of or a story of how things got to a particular way. Nhoroondo isn’t meant to simply entertain, its to tell, teach and inspire.
It will take a little over twenty minutes to watch all four songs, so grab some popcorn… and enjoy some African musical cinematography straight outta Zimbabwe
Nyeredzi – Nhoroondo Chapter 1
Nyeredzi means star… The first part of Nhoroondo, like the start of any story, boy meets girl…
Chimwe Nechimwe – Nhoroondo Chapter 2
Chimwe nechimwe meaning each and everything. This chapter explores the next phase of the couple’s life; marriage, survival and starting a family.
Ndichiyamwa – Nhoroondo Chapter 3
Ndichiyamwa means to suckle or breastfeed. Recounts a child at breastfeeding age left to be cared for by relatives while the parents are trying to carve out a living…
Nherera – Nhoroondo Chapter 4
Nherera means an orphan. This part of the story follows what happens after the death of the parents..
The four part tells a story which is familiar to some, from love to the struggle to survive, to conceive the jealousy and haters in life and ends on a note of hope which is really up to you… what happens next?
One doesn’t need the words to understand the story in Nhoroondo, the music is simply a soundtrack to the story and Jah Prayzah is the bard telling us this tale.
PS I am still working on the lyrics and translation, a labour of love, if you would like me to post them do let me know, lest the doubt sets in…