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Rising Music Progeny Smart Sojah Drops 10-Track Album




BY ELVIS DUMBA


AN emerging musician, Smart Sojah, has released a 10-track album, which is 

expected to make waves on the local showbiz scene.

Touted as a Jah Prayzah copycat, Smart Sojah's beat bears similarities to 

that of the popular artist.

The new album by the Banket-based musician, born Honest Sani, is titled 

'Mweya Unoyera.'

It is expected to make a huge mark on the music arena, particularly 

appealing to listeners who enjoy Jah Prayzah's lyrics and beats, as one has 

to listen to the album ad infinitum to realise that the artist is not Jah 

Prayzah, but Smart Sojah.

The product, from vocals to instrumentation complete with a mbira feel, is 

at par with that of Jah Prayzah.

Speaking to NewsAnchor, Sani admitted his admiration for Jah Prayzah.

He also gets inspiration from Andy Muridzo.

Sani seems to have struck the right chords on this album, which is his 

fourth compilation, after previously trying dancehall and urban grooves 

genres. 

He later switched to traditional jazz music.

"I am inspired by Jah Prayzah and Andy Muridzo and I admire how these two 

play mbira which gave me the urge to learn how to play the traditional 

music instrument that I have mastered now," Sani said during an interview 

in Banket.

The album carries nine tracks written by the dreadlocked musician.

It talks about social life. The track 'Madhuve' is a plea to a dejected 

woman to return home and take care of her family, after abandoning it to 

engage in prostitution due to economic hardships.

The title track 'Mweya Unoyera' is a prayer for guidance in one's life 

journey.

In this song, any listener would be forgiven to think it's off a Jah 

Prayzah's offering.

Other tracks on the new offering are: 'Handitadze Kukuroora' and 'Mhai', 

which is a mother's dedication for teaching a child life ropes.

'Kumusuwa Here' pictures a young man in dreamland, missing his loved ones.

Sani concedes making an impact in music was a huge challenge.

"As a young artist I face many hurdles such as finance to get the music 

recorded, as well as getting airplay on national radio stations. This is 

particularly more difficult if you are coming from outside big towns like 

Harare," he said.

The artist believes he will break the glass ceiling as he hopes his music 

will go global just like what other musicians like Thomas Mapfumo did.

He encouraged other upcoming artists to persevere and be focused.

"As young and upcoming artists, let us not be carried away by fame or other 

things. The industry needs commitment, perseverance and self control. I 

urge young people to stay away from illicit drugs," he said.

Sani wishes the strike collaborations with Jah Prayzah and Andy Muridzo, 

the people who inspire him in the music industry.

Sani, who is aged 27, thanked his family for the support which is bearing 

fruit through his latest offering that has received appreciation from fans.


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