Mathew Masinge, H-Metro Reporter
Friends and fellow musicians reckon Soul Jah Love deserved a dignified farewell after enduring life characterised with agony, misfortune and bad luck.
The chanter who died aged 31, was laid to rest on Saturday at Warren Hills Cemetery.
Speaking to H-Metro on the sidelines of his burial where he was given a liberation hero status, they said Chibaba was indeed a legend in his own right.
“When Sauro sang Kana Ndafa, he was wishing for everyone to learn that most of the things people assumed of him were lies, for instance that him and I were enemies was a lie.
“What he could do in 10 minutes, I needed four to five days to perfect my craft, and whenever we recorded diss songs, we would call each other before release.
“Rest in Peace my king twin, Chigunduru chairema, you made me be a better person both in real life and music wise.
“You deserved the gun salute my general,” said Seh Calaz.
Similar sentiments were echoed by Kinnah who said no one will fit in Soul Jah Love’s shoes.
“He had developed a skill that of singing his departure, he led a life well deserving a hero’s send off. Mangoma haacharamba akadaro.
“No one will sing the way he did, no one will give Zimdancehall meaning as he did and no one will sing about real life situations like he did,” he said.
Soul Jah Love, Seh Calaz and Kinnah won the 2013 Zimdancehall Ghetto vs Ghetto Cup clash hosted at City Sports Centre, thanks to Red Rose Entertainment.
Soul Jah Love’s cousin and family spokesperson Solomon Musaka said the chanter put the family name on the map.
“He was our icon, he made us brag about having Musaka as a last name.
“It was a befitting send off and we appreciate everything the State accorded him until we buried him.
“It’s unfortunate, he had lost both his parents, his twin brother and grandmother at a tender age while he was also enduring being type 1 diabetic for many years.
“He gave himself the name Chingunduru and whatever happened during the course of his life was between him and us as a family,” he said.
The chanter was laid to rest next to his father, Ephraim Ticharwa Musaka.
It was a befitting send-off for the chanter who was honoured with a gun salute.
Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan province Oliver Chidawu was the guest of honor.
Several musicians across genres were also in attendance.
Security details had a torrid time to control thousands of mourners – dominantly ghetto yutes who came to ‘wave’ goodbye to Chibaba.
His Conquering Family including Supa Yut, ManaMana, Changara, Ricardo and Gaza among others acted as pallbearers.
Fellow chanter Seh Calaz performed his song Kana Ndafa followed by a sing along from the fans.
Senator Byton Musaka, uncle to the musician, was also in attendance.