Soul Jah Love
|Soul Jah Love|
|Birth name||Soul Musaka|
|Born||November 22, 1989|
|Died||February 16, 2021 (aged 31)|
Mbuya Dorcas Hospital
|Occupation(s)||Zimdancehall Artist, Songwriter|
Soul Jah Love was an award-winning and popular Zimdancehall artist who rose to prominence in 2012 with hit tracks such as "Ndini Uya uya" and "Gum-kum". He was often compared to the Jamaican Vybz Kartel. He was known for making the "Chibabababa", "Hauite Hauite", "Conquering" and "Mafundan'a" signature chants which appear in all of his songs.
Jah Love was Born Soul Musaka on 22 November 1989 as a twin having a brother named John.
He grew up in the capital city Harare, his mother passed away when he was a toddler, after which he went to live with his grandmother, who would later die when he was in Grade 5. His father passed away in 2005 at that time they were living in Waterfalls, later his step-mother had him evicted from the family house.
He was married to Bounty Lisa, fellow Zimdancehall musician. The two are believed to have met in the music industry. The two did some collaborations together on a number of songs while they were husband and wife.
A source told H-Metro that at one point a woman came claiming that she had a child with Soul Jah Love. His former wife Bounty Lisa suggested that they stay with the child. The request prompted him to get DNA tests of which the results indicated that the child was not his.
The source said:
"At one point Jah Love was reported to have a child with a certain woman whom he rented a six roomed house for a long time since she was staying with the child. Then Bounty suggested that they stay with the child than renting for the woman. The request prompted him to get DNA tests of which the results indicated that the child was not his. He was angry and separated with the woman."
Soul Jah Love suffered from sugar diabetes since the age of 7 and was hospitalised a number of times. These experiences allegedly increased his faith in God.
Jah Love was involved in a car accident in Gweru on August 18 2016. The musician was travelling with his band to Victoria Falls for a gig. Four people, including him were seriously injured and were admitted at Gweru General Hospital. A source who attended the accident scene said the musician’s vehicle burst a front tyre and lost control,
The car’s front tyre burst and the driver lost control of the vehicle near Village Lodge which is about five kilometers from Gweru.
Gweru music promoter Esau Hundura who also went to the scene shortly after the incident said the musician had been referred to a Harare hospital,
I just received a call as one of the local promoters from people at the scene and I arrived when the guys were being taken to the hospital. He got treatment at general hospital before he was referred to Harare.
He said other band members were still at Gweru General Hospital. The musician’s manager Marshall Bimha, who is known as Wadis, confirmed the incident and said Soul Jah Love was in a stable condition. The musician was scheduled to perform at Las Vegas in Southerton on Sunday 21 August 2016 alongside sungura maestro Alick Macheso. In 2014 Soul Jah Love musician cheated death by a whisker after he rammed into Honda Fit in Harare.
In May 2018 it was rumored that Soul Jah Love was found dead in his bedroom and his manager had confirmed it, the rumors were circulating through WhatsApp.
It was reported that the Zim dancehall artist turned violent and went on a rampage after taking an undisclosed drug. The dancehall chanter turned violent and assaulted his wife, fellow dancehall musician Bounty Lisa, real name Lisa Musenyi, using fists and an iron bar. Soul Jah Love accused his wife of infidelity and of carrying another man’s child. However, Bounty Lisa disputed the accusation saying that she was not even pregnant and blamed the unknown drug for causing Soul Jah Love to become paranoid. A few weeks later Soul Jah LOve released a song on the assault Soul Jah Love Sings About Bounty Lisa Assault In New Song “Ukadenha Mangwiro”
Soul Jah Luv started singing whilst in high school although he did not make an impact. He was virtually not known before when he released his hit "Ndini uya uya" which rocked the airwaves in 2012. The song made waves on almost all local radio stations and topped Star FM charts for many weeks. He also made a collaboration with Shinsoman which went on to make waves in the music industry. Within a few months of hogging the limelight, the talented chanter won two awards at 2013 Zim Dancehall Awards for the Best Collaboration and Best Upcoming Artist. The youthful crooner also penned a song in honour of President Robert Mugabe in 2014. The dreadlocked artist continued to rise and in December 2013, he was voted the third best male dancehall artiste and walked away with R2 500. He became one of the few dancehall chanters to play alongside a live band. On his formal engagement party held at the Harare Gardens, he unveiled his 22 member band. The band became the largest after Oliver Mtukudzi and Alick Macheso's bands.
- Zviri Pandiri Zvihombe (August 2019)
- Naka Dhula Dhaka (September 2018)
- Kana Mazogara Musasumike
- Mwenje Mudziva
- Musa Simuke Ipapo
- Boss Gaga
- Kuchemera Rugare
- Yowuruka ft. Silent Killer
- Naka Dhula Dhaka
- Mweya Yemadzinza
- I Don't Care
- Kana Mazogara
- Shungu Dzemoyo
- Chisingapere Chinonaka
- Pamonya Ipapo
- Go back to sender
- Upenyu Ivhiri
- Dzimba Idzo Pazai
- Ndongosimudza Musoro
- Takafitana (featured on Nox Guni)
- Maone atanga (featuring Kina)
- Ndini Uya Uya
- Hatichabatika (featured on Shinsoman)
- No More Love
- Duty Bo
- Mbare Mbare
- No more Love
- City Sports
- Ndine Musindo
- Zvinoita Rudo
- Zvandoigochera Pautsi
- Chisutu cheGreen
- Hupenyu Ivhiri
- Domasi Rakaora
- Ngundu Ngundu
- Nzira Dzekufambira
- Flight Mode
- Chamuka Inyama
- Yeke Yeke
- Chauya Chipembere
- Fare Fare Tindike
Jah Love has had successful collaborations with a number of locally established musicians. Late in 2014, he teamed up with Dendera maestro Sulumani Chimbetu in the latter's album. They collaborated on a song titled Nyuchi which rocked the airwaves due to the unusual combination of voices. He has also worked with the South African based urban groover Nox Guni popularly known in the music industry as Nox on a love song titled "Takafitana" which was realised early in 2014. Soul Jah also did a single collaboration song with the Dancehall legend Winky D in 2014 and this gesture was hailed by fans as it brought together the country's most celebrated dancehall voices together. The combination was further strengthened when Winky D performed at Soul Jah Love's 25th birthday held at Tangashinga Club in Highfield in 2014.
In 2015, Soul Jah Love alongside former wife Bounty Lisa opened a food canteen in Mbare in an effort to augment their revenue. Jah Love noted that there were plans underway to open other food outlets in town as well as other locations.
The dancehall chanter was involved in many controversial issues. He sometimes failed to turn up for paid gigs and in other instances he had double bookings. The Mbare-bred chanter at one point faced arrest after failing to honor a contractual agreement with Uptown Club in Gweru. He reportedly received US$380 payment for performance but failed to turn up for the Zimbabwe Dancehall Varsity gig resulting in his promoter reporting the case to the police.
He was again caught on the wrong side during Valetine's Day in 2014. He was reportedly paid by Whispers Night Club to do a gig on the day but he did not turn up. It was allegedly reported that he chose to perform in Beitbridge leaving his fans that had turned up for his show stranded.
In November 2014, Soul Jah Love was involved in a stage fight with a fellow dancehall musician Seh Calaz at City Sports Centre in Harare. Whilst performing, Soul Jah Love went on to attack Seh Calaz causing mayhem and about ten people were injured when the Zimbabwe Republic Police tried to disperse people using tear gas.
Soul Jah Love made an apology for his failure to turn up for shows he had been booked. The apology was made at a birthday bash held for music promoter Diva Musoja in April 2014.
Speculations are rife that Soul Jah Love is a member of the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF). Soul Jah Love has recorded a track entitled praising the First Secretary of ZANU PF, President Robert Mugabe. In January 2015, it was reported that he released a track, Gamatox blasting the ousted ZANU PF Secretary for Administration, Didymus Mutasa at the same time praising Grace Mugabe. This has further compounded allegations leveled against him as being biased towards the First Family and ZANU PF much to the displeasure of his fans.
Soul Jah Love continued to shine as he was appointed a brand ambassador for Jan Jam Fashions in April 2014. Though the deal was yet to be finalised the Jan Jam management which described him as the man of the moment said they wanted to engage him for at least three years. The fashion company dressed the dread locked artist and his wife during their engagement party which took place on the 5th of April 2014.
Zimdancehall Awards 2014 - Best Collaboration with Shinsoman on Hativasiye Vane Nyota
Zimdancehall Awards 2014 - Best Social Message - Nhamo
Zimdancehall Awards 2013 - Best Collaboration with Cello Culture on Minana
Zimdancehall Awards 2013 - Best Upcoming Artiste
King Of Zim Dancehall 2013 
Soul Jah Love died on 16 February 2021. His death was confirmed by Passion Java on social media. A report by H-Metro said the musician was pronounced dead upon arrival at Mbuya Dorcas Hospital where he was taken by his friends including Ricardo. According to a doctor’s report, he had no pulse upon admission and his sugar was high. One of his handlers Father Paris also confirmed his death. For more details see: Soul Jah Love Death.
- Zecheaus Nemadire, Soul Jah Love Zim’s own Vybz Kartel?, Published: 12 March 2014 , Retrieved: 7 Apr 2014
- Mtandazo Dube, Love at first sight, The Sunday Mail, Published: 29 Mar 2014, Retrieved: 18 Jan 2015
- Latwell Nyangu, Bounty gives birth to baby boy, H-Metro, Published: October 20, 2020, Retrieved: February 17, 2021
- Publisher T. P Chikepe, ZIM DANCEHALL NA VACHIKEPE, Publisher T. P Chikepe Facebook Profile, Published: 22 Oct 2013, Retrieved: 18 Jan 2015
- Tawanda Marwizi, Soul Jah Love injured in car accident, Herald, published: August 19, 2016, retrieved: August 20, 2016
- , Soul Jah Love Goes On Rampage, Assaults Wife With Iron Bar, Published: 18 January 2018, Retrieved: 19 January 2018
- Kumbirayi Shoniwa, Mbare rules the roost at dancehall contest, Nehanda Radio, Published:9 December 2013, Retrieved: 7 April 2014
- Entertainment Reporter, Soul Jah Love unveils new band, Herald, Published:14 Apr 2014
- , New Song; Sulu and Soul Jah Love Nyuchi,Mafaro, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved:29 December 2014
- , Winky D To Grace Soul Jah Love's Birthday Bash,The Herald, Published:2 December 2014, Retrieved:29 December 2016
- The Herald, Published: July 9, 2015, Retrieved: July 10, 2015
- Brenda Phiri, Soul Jah Love faces arrest, 'Herald', Published: 27 Feb 2014, Retrieved: 7 Apr 2014
- Soul Jah Love extols Mugabe in new song, DailyNews, Published; 20 February 2014, Retrieved: 7 April 2014
- B. Phiri, Seh Calaz and Soul Jah Love blame each other for violence,Nehanda Radio, Published:11 November 2014, Retrieved:30 December 2014
- Elton Zengeni, Soul Jah Love, Changara bury hatchet,The Zimbabwe Mail, Published:2 Apr 2014, Retrieved: 7 Apr 2014
- Winstone Antonio, Soul Jah Love attacks ‘Gamatox’ in song, "NewsDay", Published:30 Jan 2015,Retrieved:2 February 2015"
- M, Soul Jah Love in near crash, Mafaro, Published: Ar 2014, Retrieved: 7 Apr 2014
- Soul Jah Love, JiveZimbabwe, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: 25 Mar 2015
- BREAKING: Soul Jah Love dies, H-Metro, Published: February 16, 2021, Retrieved: February 16, 2021