The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Man Soul Jah Speaks On Career . . . Promises to Continue Singing Revolutionary Songs

REGGAE artiste Man Souljah says he will continue to sing revolutionary songs. The musician, who fronted the People Against Cruel Existence band, is known for producing hard-hitting songs such as "Dreams of a Freedom Fighter", "I'm Still Standing" and "Smile Zimbabwe", "Give us the Land", Mr Government Man", "War, Aids and Esap" and "Poor People" which all dwell on black emancipation.

The Bob Marley-inspired musician sings about peace, love and harmony.

"As a true rasta, we sing about the struggle and endeavours of the massesa and I will continue to sing about the revolution," said Man Soul Jah.

Man Soul Jah had the privilege to craft Zanu-PF's 13th National People's Conference theme song "Indigenise, Empower, Develop and Create Employment."

He also performed the song on the "Victory Gala" held in Gweru recently.

The dreadlocked musician has many hit albums among them, "Dreams of a Freedom Fighter", "I'm Still Standing" and "Smile Zimbabwe."

In most of his songs, Man Soul Jah uses music to educate the masses about the objectives of the armed struggle. The reggae crooner has more than 25 years' experience in the industry and he most popular song to date is "Mr Government Man".

The song was penned in 1987, only to be recorded in Canada in 2002.

Born Tatenda Tawanda Nhara in Zvishavane, Man Soul Jah was christened Joseph before becoming a rastafarian.

He says the name Man Soul Jah came a long way from the Star of David's enlightment, which later became the Trinity, which is the Son, Holy Ghost and God.

Born in 1964, the veteran musician has experience in technical media, teaching at Gweru Polytechnic, where he was a lecturer since 1987, a certificate in Entreprenuership and Small Business Management from Humber College, Toronto, Canada.

Nhara is also a former Power FM and SFM exucutive.

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