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FAMILY: Soul Jah Love Was A Beautiful Dove

SOUL Jah Love was a caring and loving brother despite courting controversy most of the time, a close family member has said.

So loving was the late Zim dancehall stalwart that he was embraced by his siblings, it has been established.

Soul Jah Love succumbed to diabetes on February 16, last year, aged 31.

Following his death, fans have been anxiously awaiting the chanter’s memorial gala.

His estate wrangle, which has been raging on for months, has been making headlines.

In an interview with H-Metro, ahead of Chibaba’s memorial gala at the Glamis Arena on August 6, his sister, Caroline, said they are still devastated.

“It’s hard to believe that my brother is no longer with us.

“I still can’t believe he is gone but we embraced him as a family.

“We loved him and, of course, his music, which is still popular with fans,” she said.

Caroline told H-Metro Soul Jah Love wore two “jackets” in life.

“The Soul Jah Love you knew on stage and on the street was different from the Soul Musaka at home.

“Of course, he had disciplinary issues but he was kind when he became a celebrity.

“He loved his family members and he did everything in his power to ensure we were happy,” she said.

Caroline, who was appointed family executor, said her late brother’s estate issue, was now being handled by family lawyers.

“I was based in South Africa when he died. I was appointed family executor and I am happy that we are making progress on the issue.

“However, I miss my brother a lot because he was loving and caring,” she said.

Asked how they reacted each time Soul Jah Love was caught offside, Caroline said:

“It pained us a lot, but we had to embrace him as one of ours.

“When he broke up with Bounty Lisa, we were saddened by the news.

“They were a perfect couple in showbiz, but these things happen.”

Caroline also endorsed Chibaba’s forthcoming gala as an event to celebrate the late chanter’s legacy and lifestyle.

“We are looking forward to the event on August 6 and we hope his fans and friends will come to support.

“I will be selling his merchandise and, of course, catering.

“However, the biggest thing is that we will be celebrating my brother and I would like to thank Chipaz”

Meanwhile, show organiser, Partson “Chipas” Chimbodza, of Chipaz Promotions, said it was all systems go.

“Everything is in place and we want fans to remember their legend in style.

“He was a brilliant artist, who touched the hearts of many and, having worked with him, I can simply say it was a huge loss to the nation and industry,” he said.

Zim dancehall stalwarts – Freeman, Killer T and Kinnah – will headline the event.

Fellow chanters – King Shaddy, Super Yut, Seh Calaz, Dobba Don, Blot, Hwinza, Jah Master, Tocky Vibes and Uncle Epaton – are also part of the bill.

Popular emcees – Godfatha Templeman, Abisha Palmer and Merciless Zimbabwe – are part of the star-studded line-up.

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