In the sporting world, there are few things more exciting than an underdog story. When a small, skinny person takes on larger, muscular opponents and comes out on top, it’s the stuff of legend. The phrase ‘Pamamonya Ipapo’ loosely translates to ‘against all odds’ and describes someone triumphing against larger and more physically imposing opponents. However, it can also be applied to anyone who has triumphed against the odds, whether they are skinny or not.
In many cultures, slenderness is associated with weakness and frailty. Pamamonya Ipapo challenges this stereotype by celebrating those who can overcome obstacles and achieve success in the face of adversity. Whether it is overcoming a difficult childhood, beating a life-threatening illness, or simply succeeding despite overwhelming odds, Soul Jah Love’s Pamamonya Ipapo reminds us that anything is possible if we are willing to fight for it.
Soul Jah Love aka Chibaba aka Mwana waStembeni
On the 22nd of November, in the year 1989, a legend, Soul Musaka, was born. With hits like ‘Ndini Uya Uya’ and ‘Gum-kum’, he rose to prominence in 2012 and went on to win multiple awards, including three Zimbabwe Music Awards. His music touched the hearts of many and his unique voice set him apart from other artists.
Sadly, on the 15th of February, 2021, Soul Jah Love passed away at the age of 31. His music was a source of joy for many, and his passing left a nation in mourning. A true pioneer of mainstream Zimdancehall, Soul Jah Love will be remembered for his indelible contribution to music and his legendary status as one of Zimbabwe’s greatest-ever musicians.