Mechanic Manyeruke

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Musician
Mechanic Manyeruke
Mechanic Manyeruke, Musician
Born (1942-08-06) August 6, 1942 (age 74)
Residence Chitungwiza
Nationality Zimbabwe
Education St Patrick's Primary School
Occupation
  • Musician
  • Farmer.
Years active 1969 to present
Known for Singing
Home town Gweru
Religion Christinity
Spouse(s) Helena Manyeruke
Children Guspy Warrior and 6 others

Mechanic Manyeruke who is affectionately known as Baba Manyeruke is a popular Zimbabwean gospel musician who has produced over 25 [1] albums to date. He is one of the pioneers of gospel music.His last born son, Emmanuel Manyeruke has followed his footsteps albeit in dancehall music and is popularly known as Guspy Warrior.

Background

Manyeruke was born on the 16 of August 1942 in Chiwundura Village in Gweru.[2] He went to St Patrick's Primary School in Gweru.He is married to Helena, and the couple is blessed with seven children. Manyeruke lived an oblique life in his early years. He started off as a gardener in Borrowdale.[3] He later became an assistant driver at Clan Transport.[4] From being an assistant driver, he was employed at Anglo-American Corporation initially as a scullion.[4] He rose through the ranks to become a waiter and a special waitress for the directors of the company.[4]

Music career

Manyeruke started his music career in 1956/7 when he was still a student at St Patrick’s. During the school holidays, the mission authorities would ask for musically-talented pupils to perform and Manyeruke was amongst those who were frequently selected.[5] This nurtured his passion for music. By this time, Manyeruke was able to play the banjo. In 1967, He relocated to Harare which was then called Salisbury where he saw the Salvation Army band performing at the Borrowdale Racecourse for a Christmas festival.[5] It was here that his passion for learning the guitar was born. He was fortunate enough as his friend at his former school bought a guitar [5] and he seized the opportunity to teach himself how to play the guitar.

In 1968, he joined Salvation Army. This opened doors of blessings for the talented artist as he was given a chance to sing in Dzivarasekwa at an open air concert. Through his immaculate performance, Jonah Matswetu was determined to incorporate Manyeruke into his band of which this came to pass as Manyeruke eventually Matswetu's band, The Peace Makers.[5] Manyeruke began to teach other guys in Mbare how to play a guitar and other instruments. He later joined another group Gospel Singers which was later renamed Ambassador for Christ which was quite successful embarking on regional tours. The group however collapsed and Manyeruke pursued a solo career. In 1976, he released his first song, The Prodigal Son which was a flop.[2]

Solo career

In 1984, Manyeruke released his first album Zakewu backed by The Puritans after having gone through a rough patch with record companies and producers who were reluctant to produce gospel albums, instead they opted for Chimurenga songs and albums. From 1984 then onwards, Msanyeruke began to release albums and by 2000, he had 20 albums. In 2011, he released his 25th album.[6] Some of the tracks from his albums which increased his popularity include, Joseph and Potiphar's Wife, Moses Murenje, Rudo serwaPeter, Madhimoni and Makoroto amongst others.

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Despite being one of the most celebrated gospel musicians in the country, Manyeruke stated that he was only able to cater for his family through the proceeds he got from his musical career. He was thus forced to augment what he made through music by engaging in other professions. He also stated that he only managed to buy a stand in 1997 in Chitungwiza and was able to build a house, as well as catering for his family.[4] He is now into subsistence farming.

Manyeruke looking at his 'car'

Recognition

In 2013, Manyeruke's consistency and pioneering efforts in the gospel fraternity were to be paid off through the benevolence of a local organisation Pride Africa Network, which donated a posh Jaguar XF car to celebrate his 40-year musical career.[7] The vehicle was supposed to be handed to him on December 19, 2013 but he is still to receive it. .[8] A gospel show was also held to honour Manyeruke in 2013.[9]

Discography

  1. Zakewu
  2. Ari mandiri Jesu
  3. Mabasa
  4. Ndeyeiko Nyaya
  5. Siyabonga Baba
  6. Varombo Pamweya
  7. Mwari Ishe Wazvose
  8. Muchandiziva Here

Trivia

Before he ventured into gospel, Manyeruke started as a secular musician and recorded his first single in 1969 and and recorded an album with the The Four Brothers in 1973.[10]

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References

  1. Tony Saxon, Manyeruke back with a bang, 'The Zimbabwean', Published: 1 Apr 2012, Retrieved: 8 Apr 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mechanic Manyeruke, "Jive Zimbabwe", Published:,Retrieved:3 February 2015"
  3. Guthrie Munyuki, Manyeruke: A reason to celebrate, 'DailyNews', Published: 14 Nov 2013, Retrieved: 8 Apr 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 author, I Never Made Much Through Music - Baba Manyeruke, "Zim Hot News", Published:,Retrieved:3 February 2015"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 The Truth About: Mechanic Manyeruke, "New Zimbabwe", Published:19 Jun 2009,Retrieved:3 February 2015"
  6. Baba Mechanic Manyeruke Releases Album number 25 - Muchandiziva here?, "Zim Beat News", Published:2 Oct 2011,Retrieved:3 February 2015"
  7. Byan Gumbo, Manyeruke to receive Jaguar XF, 'DailyNews', Published: 9 Nov 2013, Retrieved:8 Apr 2014
  8. Vasco Chaya, Double trouble for Manyeruke, 'DailyNews', Published: 18 March 2014, Retrieved: 8 Apr 2014
  9. Yeukai Karengezeka, Gospel concert honours Baba Manyeruke, "The Herald", Published:25 Nov 2013,Retrieved:3 February 2015"
  10. Godwin Muzari, Four decades of praise and worship, 'Herald', Published: 25 Nov 2013, Retrieved: 8 Apr 2014