LATEST: ‘I was Jah
Prayzah’s S@x Slave,’
Pamela “Gonyeti”

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Under siege musician Jah Prayzah who was
recently accused of entering Zanu PF’s murky
succession waters through his latest song
‘mdara achawuya’, is in the news again, this
time accused of sexual abuse.
Watch here the video which seems to have
landed the musician in so much trouble.
The state media reports stating: It was an
emotional interview as dancer and vocalist
Pamela “Gonyeti” Zulu intermittently broke
down on Wednesday when she narrated the
story of her alleged sexual abuse by former
employer Jah Prayzah. She began with a
disclaimer.
Pamela starts speaking accusing Jah Prayzah
“I did not want this information to go public.
I just got angry in a meeting last week and
spilled the beans in front of other people. We
were only five in the meeting and tempers
flared until I reminded him about his sex
escapades in anger. It is embarrassing to
share a story of sexual abuse with the world
and I thought the issue would end in the
meeting. I was surprised to see a story about
it in a newspaper and I feel so bad, but I
don’t have anything to hide anymore,” she
said.
Gonyeti was referring to a story published by
the H-Metro on Tuesday in which Jah
Prayzah’s lawyer Eddie Hamunakwadi was
quoted as saying she was seeking
compensation for sexual abuse in addition to
claiming outstanding unpaid fees for her
services in the band.
The gorgeous vocalist denies asking for
compensation for sexual abuse and said she is
heartbroken because the issue has gone
public. She said all she wanted was to get her
outstanding allowances for the work she did
for the band.
She admitted having been abused sexually
without protection by Jah Prayzah on
numerous occasions for the past three years
to safeguard her job, but insisted she had no
plans to make the sensitive issue public.
“Many women do not disclose issues related to
sexual abuse because they are afraid of
stigmatisation. I was one of them. What will
people say when they know Jah Prayzah had
sexually abused me without protection? I had
to live with it. I had to please my paymaster.
Now they have told the world about it and the
most painful thing is that Jah Prayzah is
saying I am lying. Why would I lie that I slept
with him? Why would I lie to embarrass myself
. . . ” for a moment she could not continue as
she wept uncontrollably.
Gonyeti said the sexual abuse was the main
reason why she left Jah Prayzah’s Third
Generation band.
“I asked myself why I was hanging on when I
was being abused in many ways. I was a sex
slave and I was also not getting paid for my
services in the band. I just had to keep
pleasing my master with my body, my voice
and my energy for nothing. I just said
‘enough is enough’ and I quit the band.
Honestly, the issue of sexual abuse was
personal. Now they have told the world about
it and everyone will see me as a dirty
person.”
The energetic dancer said during tours, other
band members would share hotel rooms and
Jah Prayzah, as the boss, was always booked
alone and he abused that scenario to have
quality time with his subordinate before and
after shows.
“I always shared the room with Stimela
(Fatima Katiji, the other female vocalist) and
I would be called to the boss’ room and leave
her alone. We also met at various places in
Harare during the week when we were off
duty. That was the life I led at Third
Generation. It was risky because I knew
many other girls that Jah Prayzah was
involved with.
“He has many girlfriends among his fans and
we knew most of them. When such a person
continuously demands unprotected sex, it
becomes dangerous. He says he does not fear
contracting any sexually-transmitted
infections because he is circumcised.”
Gonyeti said she is now being terrorised by
some of Jah Prayzah’s female fans on social
media.
“I left the fans’ WhatsApp group and they
continue adding my number and using abusive
language towards me. Some of the ladies say
there is nothing special about being sexually
abused because they have also slept with Jah
Prayzah.”
As her voice cracked and tears rolled down
her cheeks, Gonyeti said she regrets being
involved with Third Generation because the
memories will haunt her forever, especially
because the issue is now public.
She said when she first saw Jah Prayzah as
an unknown artiste and assisted him to record
his first albums, she did not know the
relationship would grow into a sad tale.
“I first met him at Jazz 105 when he was a
supporting artiste to our band Jabavu Drive.
I was the lead singer at Jabavu Drive and he
liked my voice. He asked me to do backing
vocals for him in the studio and I did most of
his early songs including the album ‘Ngwarira
Kuparara’ before I even joined his band.
“My first album as a full-time band member
was ‘Tsviriyo’. The relationship began
professionally, but he took advantage of his
growing fame to abuse me.”
She said she is taking a legal route to recover
her salary arrears and would not want her
attention to be distracted from the real
cause of her confrontation with her former
employer.
Efforts to get a comment from Jah Prayzah
were unsuccessful as he is currently in South
Africa shooting a video for the track “Mdhara
Vachauya”.
However, Gonyeti who now fronts her own
band called Horse Power said she will soldier
on despite the emotional spell and focus on
her solo career.
“This is a trying time, but I have to look
ahead. I have a career to maintain and I will
not make it if this issue affects me
emotionally to a level where I cannot
concentrate on my own projects. We are
moving on and I am glad with the assistance I
am getting from my manager Filda
Muchabaiwa. We hope things will work well. We
cannot continue dwelling on the past yet we
want to move forward.”
Muchabaiwa — popularly known as Mama Filo
— was Jah Prayzah’s manager when he was
still chasing fame and she said she is
disappointed by his approach to the Gonyeti
issue.