Where did you grow up? I grew up between the city and village life. My childhood was full of fun because technology was not that advanced.
We did not have tablets or play stations. We had balls made from plastic, we used to play nhodo, pada, rure rure, spot spot, chihwande hwande, chitsveru, and mahumbwe.
'Kumahumbwe' I used to play a kid if there were older kids, later on I started playing 'mother'. It was fun because there was this one particular boy who always chose to be father if I am the mother. We went to school together, played together and he was very protective of me when we were kids. I knew he was my best friend. As the saying goes, we grew up and went to different high schools and that was it. However, did you just notice how I described the childhood experience. It was beautiful, innocent, pure 'friendship'.
Now, listening to Jah Prayzah's 'Kumahumbwe' just brought back all the memories. Beautiful memories, however, not for everyone.
Like in this song, some friendship have sad ending. It can be painful if those wounds are brought to the surface again but also a reminder of something beautiful.
Jah Prayzah's song was beautifully produced by Rodney Beatz and the amazing visuals directed by Umsebenzi Ka Blaqs and featured my all time best Zimbabwean actoress of the 'Neria' fame Mai Mungoshi.
This is so powerful because it brought back 'Neria' to our minds which is very relevant to the song. 'Mahumbwe' were played during the 'Neria' era and it goes to show how thoughtful the work is. There is a scene where Mai Mungoshi is watching the kids playing, that scene reminds us of 'Neria'. I give the song 10/10.
Sometimes we lose our loved ones to other people who strike a better charm or sometimes the other people are just opportunists.
Sometimes we let our loved ones slip away and they end up finding love elsewhere.
However, there is a bigger giant out there and a giant we all can never run away from, that’s Death.
Beat this Goriyati by living life the best way you can when you still can and aim to be happy always, so that when it comes you can confidently say, yes I will go but indeed I lived “life”.
Who is Mai Mungoshi
The elderly woman who features in Jah Prayzah's new song 'Kumahumbwe' is Jesesi Mungoshi, widow of the renowed author Charles Mungoshi who passed away February 2019.
Mai Mungoshi is an award winning international actor who has featured in local dramas as well as international films. Her main mark was in the international film 'Neria' which came out 1991. She acted as the sister to the late Oliver Mtukudzi in a film which highlighted the struggle of African widows.
She also owns JM Productions which has made international documentaries and together with her sons own Mungoshi Press.
On 19 May 2017 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Great Zimbabwe University, in recognition of her contribution to the development of the country’s film industry, at the premier of the film Solo naMutsai held at Charles Austin Theatre in Masvingo.
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