Alex Tawanda Magaisa has written an emotional eulogy for the late Zimdancehall chanter, Soul Jah Love whom he describes as “a phenomenon.”
The United Kingdom-based law lecturer takes the reader through the journey of the evolution of Zimdancehall that came to the limelight after the turn of the millennium and deliberately states Soul Jah Love’s immense contribution to the genre.
In his eulogy for Soul Jah Love, Magaisa also attempts at giving a practical analysis of some of Soul Jah Love’s songs which he says were a reflection of the liberation hero’s real life.
Magaisa who is the former Chief of Staff in the office of the late former Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, notes that Soul Jah Love’s songs reflect that he was a depressed person, especially towards his last days.
He adds that Chibabababa, as Soul Jah Love was known in the music circles, laments over a lot of issues and rhetorically asks when he would die to lessen the burden on those who were by his side through stormy weather. He said:
Ndichafa riniko vazorore? (When will I die so that they find rest?), he sang in one of the last of his numbers. Here was a talented young man who was in so much pain that he felt he had become a burden to those around him. His situation was so desperate that he wished for his own end to spare those who cared for him the load they were carrying.
Magaisa says politicians should have been embarrassed by their pretence that they cared for the Ndini Uya Uya hitmaker when they watched him suffer throughout his life.
Soul Jah Love was declared a liberation hero, an award which Magaisa describes as politicians’ attempt at winning the hearts of mourning ghetto youths.
His remarks resonate with those of Chibababa’s fans who asked “where were you” when the family of Mwana waStembeni appeared at his funeral.
In his Big Saturday Read, Magaisa writes more on Soul Jah Love’s musical journey.