The Heartbreaking Life Of “Chigunduru” Soul Jah Love

On Tuesday, many Zimbabweans woke up to the sad news that Soul Musaka who is popularly known by his stage name Soul Jah Love has died. He was 31.


Many Zimdancehall fans had come to love Chibaba as he was also known for his signature on stage but might have never known the other side of their favourite artist backstage.

Soul Jah Love’s mother died when he was just a baby. He then moved to stay with his father who also passed away in 2005.

He was forced into the streets after all of his family members refused to stay with him. He became a street kid also labelled as ‘Chigunduru’. In his songs, he referred to himself as Chigunduru because he was once a street kid.
The Heartbreaking Life Of “Chigunduru” Soul Jah Love
The Heartbreaking Life Of “Chigunduru” Soul Jah Love

Soul Jah love found comfort and solace in drugs since he had no one to turn to during those days. That is when he started singing.

He then built a house that was demolished by the city council. Following the demolition, Jah love released a song called Pazai indicating how heartbroken he was.

He released a song called “ndichavigwa ne gonzo’ following reports that he was infertile. In this song, he expressed how much he wanted his own child. He and Bounty Lisa, fellow Zimdancehall singer, got divorced. Bounty Lisa then entered another marriage and successfully conceived a child. However, Jah Love remained single and heartbroken as he claimed that he was still in love with Bounty Lisa.

Soul Jah Love also suffered from cancer and was diabetic since the age of 7.

In one of the interviews that Soul Jah Love had with KVG and Pathisani, the “Ndini uya uya” hit maker revealed some of his struggles that he had to go through, and yet he had to smile and appear on stage as if everything is ok.

It was in this interview that Soul Jah Love also revealed that some of the songs he sang are a reflection of the heartbreaks and struggles he went through.

The Dancehall Chanter Said:
But kana ndikaimba, vanokwanisawo kunzwawo kurwadziwa kwangu. Despite kuti ndine munyamowo, I am diabetic ka, life yangu chero paradio pandiri ndinogona kunge ndichitorwara pandakagara pano ndichitongozvishingisa ndichitoita zvandirikuita pano but ndikatadza kuuya kushow because ndadonha nesugar handitozvikwanise kuzvitaura because zvinonzi akadhakwa nemadrugs. 

Hapana anonyatsa kuziva life yangu, munhu wese anouya padhuze pangu anozozviona zvakawanda. But mazuva ano ndina manager wangu, muface wangu anogona kutomira nepamwe pandisingagone. 

Ndakatomboshaya jekiseni ndiri ku Kenya pa airport, zviye zvekuti tadzika mundege apa kureka, apa hapana kwatinoziva but kana uriwega manje zvinenge zvakatooma. But dzimwe nguva ndaitryer kuti ndiite nevamwe, then ndo fire manager but ndini ndinenge ndiri wrong kuvanhu but pamwe munhu iyeye vanhu havasi kutombonzwisisa kuti ndapotsa ndafa anonoka kuuya nechakati, nemari yangu yakati, face yangu inoita kunge yakangonyorwa madrugs. 

Wangu munamato Mwari wangu ndigonesei zvandinotadza, ndigare ndakachena ndimbofadza vaya vaya nandinotadzira. 

Handigone kuzvinyora kuti ndizvo zvandinenge ndichiitwa nevanhu. Vamwe vanoti ndichavingwa negonzo mbereko yaramba but ndini ndinotozviramba. Zvandataura zvese izvi masong andatokuudza.

Soul Jah loves songs include Ndongomira pamamonya ipapo, Ndini uya uya, Dai hupenyu hwaitengwa, Zvihombe zviri pandiri.

May his soul rest in peace.


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