Zimbabwe Dancehall Artist
Soul Jah Love
Soul Jah Love, Musician
Soul Jah Love
BornSoul Musaka
(1989-11-22) November 22, 1989 (age 31)
Waterfalls, Harare, Zimbabwe
EducationMhofu Primary School, Prospect Primary School, Lord Malvern High School
  • Zimdancehall Artist
  • Composer
  • Vocalist
Years active2004 - Present
Known forSinging
Spouse(s)Bounty Lisa

Soul Jah Love is 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 is often compared to the Jamaican Vybz Kartel.[1] He is known for making the "Chibabababa", Hauite Hauite" and "Conquering" signature chants which appear in all of his songs.


Born Soul Musaka on 22 November 1989 as a twin having a brother named John, where he grew up in the capital city, Harare. His mother passed away when he was only 1-year-old, 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 which time they were living in Waterfalls, after which his step-mother had him evicted from the family house.[2] He attended Mhofu Primary School, Prospect Primary School and Lord Malvern High School where he expressed a keen interest in music.[3]

Soul Jah Love has suffered from sugar diabetes since the age of 7 and has been hospitalised a number of times. These experiences have increased his faith in God it has been said.[3]

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Music Career

He was virtually not known until 2012 when he released his hit "Glum-Kum". The song made waves on almost all local radio stations. Following the success of the single, Jah Love went on to release another hit called "Ndini Uya Uya" which 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 Artiste. 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.[4] 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.[5] The band became the largest after Oliver Mtukudzi and Alick Macheso's bands.


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The Dancehall lyrical chanter has made 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. [6] 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.[7]


Singles and Albums

  • Ndongosimudza Musoro
  • Shumba
  • Takafitana (featured on Nox Guni)
  • Zvandinomudira
  • Maone atanga (featuring Kina)
  • Ndini Uya Uya
  • Hatichabatika (featured on Shinsoman)
  • No More Love
  • Duty Bo
  • Kakanakirwa
  • Mbare Mbare
  • Ndamuona
  • No more Love
  • Nhau
  • Ghetto
  • City Sports
  • Ndine Musindo
  • Ndakamukwapaidza
  • Zvinoita Rudo


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 Zim Dancehall Varsity gig resulting in his promoter reporting the case to the police.[8]

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 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.[9]

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.[10]


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.[11]

As an Ambassador

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.[12] The fashion company dressed the dread locked artist and his wife during their engagement party which took place on the 5th of April 2014.

Political Affiliation

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.[13] On 31 January 2015, it was reported that he had also released a track, Gamatox blasting the ousted ZANU PF Secretary for Administration, Didymus Mutasa at the same time praising Grace Mugabe. [14] This has further compounded allegations levelled against him as being biassed towards the First Family and ZANU PF much to the displeasure of his fans.[14]


2014 - Zimdancehall Awards- Best Collabo 2014 – Zimdancehall Awards - Best Upcoming Artist

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  1. Zecheaus Nemadire, Soul Jah Love Zim’s own Vybz Kartel?, Published: 12 March 2014 , Retrieved: 7 Apr 2014
  2. Mtandazo Dube, Love at first sight, The Sunday Mail, Published: 29 Mar 2014, Retrieved: 18 Jan 2015
  3. 3.0 3.1 Publisher T. P Chikepe, ZIM DANCEHALL NA VACHIKEPE, Publisher T. P Chikepe Facebook Profile, Published: 22 Oct 2013, Retrieved: 18 Jan 2015
  4. Kumbirayi Shoniwa, Mbare rules the roost at dancehall contest, Nehanda Radio, Published:9 Dec 2013, Retrieved: 7 Apr 2014
  5. Entertainment Reporter, Soul Jah Love unveils new band, Herald, Published:14 Apr 2014
  6. , New Song; Sulu and Soul Jah Love Nyuchi,Mafaro, retrieved:29 Dec 2014"
  7. , Winky D To Grace Soul Jah Love's Birthday Bash,The Herald, published:2 Dec 2014,retrieved:29 Dec 2016"
  8. Brenda Phiri, Soul Jah Love faces arrest, 'Herald', Published: 27 Feb 2014, Retrieved: 7 Apr 2014
  9. DN, Soul Jah Love extols Mugabe in new song, DailyNews, Published; 20 Feb 2014, Retrieved: 7 Apr 2014
  10. B. Phiri, Seh Calaz and Soul Jah Love blame each other for violence,Nehanda Radio, published:11 Nov 2014,retrieved:30 Dec 2014"
  11. Elton Zengeni, Soul Jah Love, Changara bury hatchet,The Zimbabwe Mail, Published:2 Apr 2014, Retrieved: 7 Apr 2014
  12. M, Soul Jah Love in near crash, Mafaro, Published: Ar 2014, Retrieved: 7 Apr 2014
  13. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named DN
  14. 14.0 14.1 Winstone Antonio, Soul Jah Love attacks ‘Gamatox’ in song, "NewsDay", Published:30 Jan 2015,Retrieved:2 February 2015"