|Musician, Television Personality|
January 30, 1983
|Education||Kudzanai Primary School, Mount Pleasant High School|
|Years active||2002 to present|
Leonard Mapfumo is a popular Zimbabwean Urban Grooves and is considered as one of the pioneers of the genre. He rose to fame in 2002 with his hit Seiko which featured Roki. Mapfumo has four albums and for him the sky is the limit.
Mapfumo was born on the 30 January 1983 in Harare. He did his primary education at Kudzanai Primary School in Highfield. His family relocated to Mbare from Highfield. For his secondary education, he went to Mount Pleasant High School.
Mapfumo's interest in music started to develop whilst he was still a Grade 5 pupil at Kudzanai Primary School. After finishing his secondary education, Mapfumo began to write songs. Mapfumo's mother was disappointed because she wanted her son to pursue his acadamic studies up to tertiary level. Notwithstanding this, Mapfumo remained resilient and he subsequently became part of Galaxy Entertainment which was a recording company. which was owned by Delani Makhalima. He also received his first pay check ever from Delani who told him to take it directly to his mother.From then onwards, he released four albums string of hits such as 'Maidei', 'Chiuya' and 'Two chete'. The former was so popular that it reached number one on national charts, staying there for 42 weeks. Mapfumo is now working for BOStv as a television presenter. He was collaborated with many artists including, Cindy Munyav, McDee, Lazzy Tee amongst others.
In 2007,Mapfumo together with Joe Machingura opened a recording studio 'Heshi Mfeshi' which was also meant to groom upcoming artist. He is credited for identifying artists like Shinsoman, Yaka and Yoz.
- R & L (2005)
- Namapfumo (2007)
- The Journey (2010)
- The Road to Israel (2014)
In 2003, Roki won the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) for the song ‘’Seiko’’ which was written by Mapfumo. He is set to perform at his 32rd birthday party which is to be held in Harare on 30 January 2015.