THOUSANDS of Zimbabweans both at home and abroad have been shaken by the tragic passing on of Zimdancehall star Soul Jah Love.
The singer, whose real name is Soul Muzavazi Musaka passed away on Tuesday night at a local hospital following diabetes complications. National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (Nacz) director, Nicholas Moyo said Jah Love’s death has left a huge void in local music.
“Nacz would like to convey its sincerest condolences to the Musaka family following the sudden and untimely death of…Jah Love. May the family find solace in the comfort of the Lord.”
“The death of ‘Sauro’ has robbed the nation of one of its talented young musicians who pioneered in the production and promotion of Zimdancehall music from the high-density suburb of Mbare to national prominence.
“Jah Love emerged from a crop of youngsters who were hungry for success in the music industry with their mix of Jamaican-influenced reggae beats with Zimbabwean style lyrics which resonated with the experiences of the youth in the country. He was a talented musician who took the nation by storm with his innovative lyrics in songs…” Moyo said.
Jah Signal’s manager, Hillary Mutake described the late Zim- dancehall star as a great and distinguished musician.
“To me he was a great man and he respected me as his big brother though some used to say that he was a tough man, to me he was the best,” Mutake said.
Sungura musician, Peter Moyo said Jah Love’s death was a painful and terrible loss.
“We once shared the stage at a family show at Jongwe Corner and also in Bindura, he was really a good friend of mine. l am really hurt,” he said.
Choreographer and model Carlos Green said: “We once did a collaboration on the song titled Ndini Ndakatanga in 2017, the song was produced by T Man Mount Zion Studios. He was really a good man. l am in pain.”
Bulawayo hip-hop star Mzoe7 described Jah Love as an irreplaceable artist.
“l admired his talent from a distance, he was different, he was energetic and composed at the same time on stage.
“l shared stages with him in Kwekwe, Harare and Bulawayo and he was a lovable character by fans and fellow creatives.
“He believed in his art and had a way of showing it and a lot of youths looked up to him,” Mzoe7 said.
South Africa-based songbird Queen Vee, who had two successful collaborations with Jah Love, took to social media to pass her condolences.
“The Zimbabwe music industry has lost a great and rare treasure, my thoughts and prayers are with the family, fans, friends of this amazing rare talent. It was an honour to have worked with you on our hit songs MariMari and Vavengi. You will be greatly missed,” Queen Vee wrote on Instagram.
Andy Muridzo said: “l am gutted by the sad news of the passing on of Chibaba which l have just received in the middle of the night (sic).
“My deepest condolences to his family and the nation at large. Zim dancehall will never be the same again.”