THE death of dancehall musician and liberation hero Soul Jah Love (Soul Musaka) has evoked different emotions, prompting one of his ‘protégés’ to make sensational submissions that the genre’s dominance is under threat, Zim Morning Post Lifestyle can report.
In an unsolicited interview this week, the Charlotte Brooke based upcoming musician, Donhill Mugota better known by his stage name Lyrical Don Dhadha, said Soul Jah Love died at a time his genre was teetering on the brink of been eclipsed by Zim hip-hop- a genre that was previously reserved for ‘uptown’.
It“s sad that one of my main inspirations and guide Soul Jah Love died.
“His death coincide with the lack of content and new releases of hits in the genre.
“Hip Hop is slowly dominating the industry with the likes of Holy Ten,Chris Wiss and The Dot (Zima award winner), Takura and a whole lot of hip hop cats blowing up.
“When was the last Zim dancehall hit song?” asked Lyrical Don Dhadha rhetorically.
“Soul Jah Love was becoming more like a dormant volcano now erupting to stamp the authority of Zim dancehall genre which has been dominating for almost a decade.
“Chill Spot Records put the genre on the map but it was already in existence with names like Major E, Booker T, Malvin S, Sniper Storm , Nembo Bwoy and so on easily coming into mind.
“He died at the wrong time when he was trying to revive the dancehall movement which was slackening.
“I have no issues with the elders in dancehall but facts are stubborn, “I believe all things being equal, I will be the next big hit maker,” added Don Dhadha.
The 26-year- old musician is under the wings of Art Action Zim (AAZ), a Glen- Norah bred movement “focused on bringing a strong sense of achievement through allowing all artistic people to express themselves by being in motion with their faith and God given ability.”
Asked on what he proposes as the panacea to the resuscitation of the ‘near dead’ Zim dancehall genre, Don Dhadha said;
“ Zim dancehall artists must improve content and avoid too much obscenity.
“Of course dancehall is characterised by a bit of violence and vulgarity in Jamaica , but Zimbabwe society is not ready for that.
“We must adopt and adapt with limitations to suit our Zimbabwean setting.
“Myself, I am a versatile artiste and do not confine myself to a specific genre”.
Don Dhadha is currently working on two EPs (Extended Play) with Art Action due for release in the first half of the year.
Speaking to Zim Morning Post Lifestyle, Art Action creative director Patrick John Manyara bemoaned the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic and blamed it for stalling progress.
Interestingly, he also believes that the national lockdown gave them more time to perfect their game.
“Well, like every global citizen we were affected by the Covid 19 pandemic but as an arts body we decided to turn our lemons into lemonades and take the lockdown as a time to perfect our game.
“We applaud the government efforts in putting measures to contain the pandemic but the powers be must cushion us.
“We pledge to come up with awareness campaigns to enlighten the masses through the microphone, “said Manyara.
Meanwhile, AAZ is also involved in championing other arts genres where they aim to uplift creative youths in the ghetto.
The arts body’s production team is powered by DJ Neilz(real name Nelson July ), who is the head producer responsible for the audio and aesthetics of all the productions.
Other key members include Gift Gurure, who is the project manager.https://www.facebook.com/DjNeilz