LOVED AND LOST: SOUL JAH LOVE (1989 – 2021)

Sizwe Sibiya

Zim dancehall founder’s last dance

Soul, the man they call Soul Jah Love, was no stranger to tragedy before he became a famous star.

Born in 1989, he lost his mother when he was only a toddler. From the age of seven, when he was diagnosed as diabetic, he was in and out of hospital. His grandmother, who was his guardian, passed on when he was 10. His father and twin brother John Musaka passed away in 2005 when he was 15. Soul was left with his step-mother who kicked him out of the family house following his father’s death.

But still, he overcame the odds and became an award winning Zim Dancehall star, a tradition he helped found during his rise in the Zimbabwean music scene in 2012.

Soul Jah Love lived a controversial celebrity life after he married Bounty Lisa, a fellow dancehall star. The couple also made music together during their marriage which lasted only for a few years.

During a decade-long career Soul’s hits included his award winning song Ndini uya uya. He scooped two Zim Dancehall Awards for Best Collaboration and Best Upcoming Artist.

He cheated death twice in two separate car accidents, first in 2014 and in August 2016 when he was on his way to a gig at Victoria falls.

Soul released his latest music video for the song Simudza Gumbo three weeks ago under Passion Java Records and the song currently stands at over 200,000 views on YouTube.

He died suddenly on Tuesday at the age of 31.

“He was rushed to Mbuya Dorcas Hospital in Harare without a pulse and was declared dead upon arrival,” reported Zimbabwe’s local news.

His death was mourned on social media with fans proclaiming: “Rest in Peace Soul Jah Love. Zimbabwe will always remember you.”

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