Sean Combs has changed his rep name several times—changing from Puff Daddy to P Diddy to P Diddy to Diddy before reclaiming his initial moniker Puff Daddy.
While others, like Combs, change rep names as a publicity stunt, David Sokoya’s change of name from King David to Saluter had more to do with his faith than publicity.
It means him salutes Haile Sellasie who, according to his Rastafarian religion, is god.
King David is back as Saluter and has released a single Ung’onoung’ono which is enjoying airplay on radio and local television stations.
The dreadlocked artist, who debuted in 2002 with Treat us Right, a tribute to Evison Matafale in which he featured Mikaya B and General Mak, says his music has been influenced by Yellowman, Shaba Ranks, Busy Signal, Mavado and Mafunyeta.
The artist says he has always been singing as he was raised in a family belonging to the Salvation Army, says he discovered the musician in him as he was singing the Bingi chants at their Rastafarian fellowship.
“As I was leading the chants, people noticed that I was gifted and that encouraged me to record music, that is when I recorded Treat us Right,” he says.
Saluter was born in Zimbabwe in 1974, but came to Malawi in 1986.