There are few those who Dambudzo Marechera’s line “I write what I reside, I reside what I write,” may higher describe than Soul Jah Love.
Exceptionally gifted and a Zimdancehall sensation, the late Soul Jah Love, born Soul Muzavazi Musaka, who was granted liberation conflict hero standing alter his dying, was a person to whom the boundary between music and actuality was so skinny as to be virtually non-existent.
Jah Love’s music is autobiographical in nature chronicling lived poverty, sorrow, happiness and life struggles.
Soul Jah Love’s music describes not solely the musician’s troubled life dogged by well being points, poverty and homelessness, however happiness too, as mirrored within the track Kuponda Nhamo during which he invitations all his family to collect and crush poverty for good: Hama dzese unganai toda kumboponda nhamo. (All family, let’s collect collectively and destroy poverty).
Commenting on the track Ndini Uya Uya, Soul Jah Love stated: “I used to be expressing my life. It is an actual track primarily based on a real story. Typically individuals accuse you of doing sure issues that you haven’t achieved due to the type of individual you might be.”
In 2015, Soul Jah Love’s practically full house was amongst tons of of homes that had been demolished by the Harare Metropolis Council in Budiriro reverse Excessive Glen shopping center. Jah Love then penned a track Pazai (Demolish) as a direct assault on the demolitions.
In June 2017, after being labelled a nonentity at a Mutare rally by Zanu PF youth commissar Harmless Hamandishe, Soul Jah Love penned a track Zvinhu describing himself as a star who was a pressure to reckon with.
Since some individuals usually stated he would die leaving no little one, in response Jah Love sang about his barrenness within the track Mbereko.
When former TV persona Oscar Pambuka requested the Ndini Uya Uya hit maker on YouTube about what motivated him, he replied that he sang in regards to the day to-day points that he faces.
“What motivates me is simply pure issues that I come throughout in life, issues that we face day in time out,” Soul Jah Love stated.
In one other interview with radio presenter V Sweet in September 2018, the proficient singer stated he sang actuality. “Typically I attempt to sing actuality as a result of I am unable to sing a few posh automobile that I haven’t got or a double storey home that I haven’t got,” Jah Love stated.
Sigmund Freud, the Austrian psychologist, postulated that artwork is deeply rooted within the unconscious depth of the artist. Songs like Zvikuru Zviri Pandiri and Kana Ndafa additionally mirrored the troubles that dogged the dreadlocked artiste’s life.
The youthful crooner, who was of no mounted abode, discovered solace in music and used music for escapism. For him, music grew to become a method of suppressing the alienation, loneliness, homelessness and poverty making it clear how artwork and the artist’s life story usually are not so simply separated. Soul Jah Love’s music was a reproduction of his life.