Baba Harare has split up with his manager, Flida Muchabaiwa over juju. The musician is said to have forced his band to engage in traditional rituals following an ill-health spell that saw him being rushed to his Bikita rural home for help in April.

“The fallout between momz (street lingo for mother) and Rasta (Baba Harare) is about juju. Rasta claims it’s because of mismanagement of funds, but I doubt that. Everyone wanted momz to stay because she has been good to us, but I think the juju issue was just against her will and she decided to quit.

“When Rasta (Baba Harare) got sick in April (though fully recovered now), remember he was rushed to Bikita. That is where a sangoma was consulted and after he recovered, he wanted the same rituals done on him to be extended to the band, claiming it was for protection as musicians, some close to him, were bewitching him,” an insider told Newsday

But Baba Harare has denied this. “I am hearing this for the first time from you. Inini mushonga wandinoziva iColgate neNugget (toothpaste and shoe polish brands) Zvemushonga izvo ini handizvizive (I don’t know anything about juju and it is good when people think that you use juju, it shows you are good at what you are doing.

“People must think that you use juju and if they don’t think that way, it means you are not doing anything. I am doing well and things for me are in order, but if your story is about me using juju, I have no comment because I don’t know anything about using such.”

Mama Fillo, confirmed that she had broken ranks with Baba Harare. “I am not that person who wants to talk much. I was just guiding and giving help, there is no story and life has to go on. All we want is for the youngsters to keep on singing and for new artistes to be groomed and assisted to develop their careers,” she said.