Acting President mourns Manatsa

by | Jan 21, 2022 | Local News | 0 comments

Acting President mourns Manatsa

Mako Jerera

Acting President Constantino Chiwenga has commiserated with the Manatsa family following the passing of music icon Zexie Manatsa.

Manatsa, a prolific singer in his day, died at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals after succumbing to long a battle with cancer.

Manatsa was granted a state assisted funeral.

He was 78.

Acting President Chiwenga said his death leaves a gap that will be difficult to fill not only for the Manatsa family but the whole country.

President Chiwenga said Manatsa loved his country.

“I learnt with profound shock and deep grief of the death yesterday of legendary musician and artist, Cde Zexie Manatsa, who passed on at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals after succumbing to cancer.

His untimely demise leaves a deep chasm that will be very difficult to fill, not only for the Manatsa family which birthed him but also for our Nation which has lost a great patriot-artist Zex remains an iconic figure in the music industry whose music career dates back to the colonial days and peaking at the height of our armed liberation struggle,” Acting President said.

He added that the legendary artist contributed immensely to the struggle for our country’s Independence through satirical, poetic compositions.

Songs such as “Baba Tipeiwo Ndege,” “Musango Mune Hangaiwa”, Ndarota Ndina Mai”, among others immediately come to mind.

“Singing at a time when the Rhodesian settler regime was committing horrendous atrocities against our people in order to preserve and perpetuate its minority rule, Zex used his musical talent and composition skills to revolutionary effect as he deployed different music styles such as township music, JITI, Simanje Manje and gospel to articulate national issues of the day. His songs were always pregnant with messages aimed at inspiring others to focus on the greater good for our society and our great country, ” said Acting President Chiwenga.

Manatsa encouraged our people to be patriotic and morally upright.

He played a role in the country’s independence by bringing people together with his music.

He was picked as part of the group of our local musicians to play alongside the legendary Reggae artist, Bob Marley, at Rufaro Stadium, at Independence in 1980.

Acting President Chiwenga said Zimbabwe has lost a humble, devout Christian and pastor who will be greatly missed by many of us who knew him from way back in the ’60s and 70s.

“On behalf of His Excellency the President, Dr E D Mnangagwa, our Nation, the arts industry, and my own behalf, I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the Manatsa family, especially to his wife and children who have lost a beloved husband, father and mentor,” he said.