Leonard Mapfumo

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Leonard Mapfumo
Leonard Mapfumo
BornLeonard Mapfumo
(1983-01-30) January 30, 1983 (age 39)
EducationKudzanai Primary School, Mount Pleasant High School
  • Musician
  • Television Personality
Years active2002 to present
Known forSinging

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.

Personal life

Mapfumo was born on 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.


Leonard Mapfumo and wife Suba Dakshina

On 24 June 2021, Leonard Mapfumo got married to Suba Dakshina.[1]


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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]


Mapfumo has performed in many different nations on the African continent african countries. In December 2012, he embarked on a tour to the United Kingdom (UK) together with Trevor Dongo and Maskiri.


  1. R & L (2005)
  2. Namapfumo (2007)
  3. The Journey (2010)
  4. The Road to Israel (2014)


In 2003, Roki won the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) for the song ‘’Seiko’’ which was written by Mapfumo.


  1. Joe Njagu, Joe Njagu, Facebook, Published: June 24, 2021, Retrieved: June 24, 2021
  2. AB, Leonard Mapfumo Musician, 'African Breakfast', Published: ND, Retrieved: 23 Apr 2014
  3. Entertaining Reporter, Leonard Mapfumo a bitter man, 'The Zimbabwe Mail', Published: 20 Mar 2014
  4. Tinashe Sibanda, Leonard Mapfumo bounces back, 'NewsDay',Published: 21 Mar 2014, Retrieved: 23 Apr 2014