HE was controversial in life and continued doing so in death, causing commotion wherever his body was taken, with people stampeding to catch a glimpse of the casket.
No one understood the late dancehall singer Soul Jah Love’s modus operandi in life just like no one will understand how a young man like him made it to Warren Hills Provincial Heroes Acre where he received a 21-gun salute as he was laid to rest next to his father, Ephraim.
Born Soul Muzavazi Musaka, the chanter succumbed to diabetes complications last Tuesday at Mbuya Dorcas Hospital in Waterfalls, Harare, at the age of 31.
His burial was never short of drama, just like his life.
Mischief followed him and was depicted as a naughty character who was into drugs and in his moment of weakness would do the unthinkable.
Indeed, the unthinkable was done at Warren Hills Cemetery where youths were seen standing or seated on tombstones while a trail of destruction was left by the youths who may have been high on something.
Usually, the burial of heroes in Zimbabwe has become synonymous with forced closures of markets and bussing of scores of people to the national shrines by Zanu PF.
But the script changed when the people’s “hero” was being buried.
All odds were defied on Saturday as thousands thronged Warren Hills Cemetery to bury Soul Jah Love and just like the crowds that followed him in his life journey, there were mischief makers, drunkards, fellow musicians and promoters.
It was just an electric atmosphere just as it would spark each time Makuruwani went on stage.
At the burial, Zimdancehall enthusiasts went into a frenzy, while some naughty ones gyrated in front of the hearse carrying the body of the late 31-year-old singer, forcing the police into action, just like they did at his shows.
Thousands defied the lockdown regulations that restrict only 30 people at funerals, with ghetto youths walking long distances from as far as Epworth, Mabvuku, Mbare, Highfield and other suburbs to bury Sauro.
The funeral of Soul Jah Love once again rekindled the rivalry between the country’s leading funeral parlours Doves and Nyaradzo Life Assurance.
There were reports that the funeral parlours were again at each other’s throat “fighting” for the singer’s corpse, a fight which Nyaradzo won.
This only happens when an important person is buried.
The last time we saw it was when the late socialite Genius “Ginimbi” Kadungure died in November last year.
Before that, another tussle had punctuated music grandee Oliver Mtukudzi’s burial in January 2019.
At the height of his career, many wanted a piece of Soul Jah Love, but conveniently withdrew when he needed their help most. 🔺