The fallout between popular musician Jah
Prayzah and former 3rd Generation dancer,
Pamela ‘Gonyeti’ Zulu took a dramatic twist last
week.
Gonyeti aka Pamela Zulu
Gonyeti, who left Jah Prayzah in August and her
lawyers sought a meeting with Jah Prayzah at
his offices in Belvedere where sensational claims
of sexual abuse were made on top of demands
for ‘outstanding’ fees for studio works among
other performances.
Yesterday, Jah Prayzah’s lawyer Eddie
Hamunakwadi wrote a strongly worded letter to
Gonyeti’s lawyer, Simon Mupindu declaring that
the musician was ready for any court action to
clear his name and will not pay a cent towards
the claim.
While there was no immediate response from
Gonyeti, H-Metro at the weekend gathered that
the popular dancer had sought help from a
former Jah Prayzah manager.
It is also claimed that when the parties met for
the meeting last Tuesday Gonyeti’s legal
representative started by listing what are
claimed to be unpaid fees for her work during
the recording of Jah Prayzah’s studio works
during her stint.
She left 3rd Generation on the eve of the Mdara
Vachauya launch and there was even talk that
she had talked other band members into leaving
with her but Gonyeti vehemently denied the
claims.
Back to last Tuesday’s meeting, it is understood
that when Gonyeti’s lawyer finished listing the
claims for unpaid fees, he then indicated that
those were minor as they was a bigger issue.
It is understood that Gonyeti claimed she had to
sleep with Jah Prayzah to secure a place in 3rd
Generation and then frequently afterwards to
retain, a place in the band.
Further claims are that the lawyer indicated
they had proof to support the claims. However,
Jah Prayzah’s camp claims have since sought
help from a Botswana based musician, and urban
grooves artiste currently in the UK and former
Zifa boss Henrietta Rushwaya.
They allegedly asked for information that would
support the claim but the parties sought are
understood to have immediately contacted Jah
Prayzah to find out what was going on.
Hamunakwadi yesterday told H-Metro that it
was strange that a person se_xually abused
would seek compensation from the abuser
instead of lodging a complaint with the police.
“He believes it is an attempt to extort money
from Jah Prayzah in the hope that he would do
anything to avoid bad publicity. Jah Prayzah’s
lawyer added that given the motive, any
attempts to even discuss with Gonyeti would be
used to suggest the musician was admitting to
the claims.
And for that reason, a letter was tendered to
Gonyeti’s lawyer yesterday to advise her that
they were not going to engage in any
compensation talks but would rather meet in
court.
“Firstly, you would be aware that at a meeting
conducted at our client’s offices on the 20th of
September 2016, it was agreed that you reduce
your client’s monetary claim for alleged
outstanding payments to writing to enable our
client to properly respond to same but to date
we still haven’t received your client’s written
claim.
Secondly, we wish to categorically register our
client’s displeasure and dismay at your client’s
outrightly unpalatable, grotesque and immoral
allegations against him.
Our client is quite aware of a systematic agenda
being at your client’s instance to tarnish his
image and decimate his integrity should he not
meet your client’s malicious demands. He is also
aware of all the people that your client has so
far approached seeking to manufacture evidence
necessary to buttress her sickening allegations.
Clearly the conduct of your client, demonstrates
a sustained campaign to ensure that our client’s
rising star wanes. we therefore accordingly
advice that our client will not pander as your
client’s extortionate and selfish monetary
demands to appease fabricated and malicious
allegations which have absolutely no place in
modern-day civilization.
For avoidance of doubt our client is more than
ready to have his day in court if need be to
protect and defend his name and integrity,’ read
the letter by Hamunakwadi. Jah Prayzah is
currently in South Africa shooting the video to
Mdara Vachauya. The title track to his latest
album.
Also, unlike the previous albums,Jah Prayzah has
decided not to produce a complete DVD for Mdara
Vachauya citing exorbitant costs which cannot
be recouped from sales. Instead he will just do
videos for selected tracks of the album as and
when it is doable.