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Mechanic Manyeruke is a popular Zimbabwean gospel musician who had produced over 25 <ref> Tony Saxon,  
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'''Mechanic Manyeruke''' is a popular Zimbabwean gospel musician who has produced over 25 <ref> Tony Saxon,  
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[http://www.thezimbabwean.co/entertainment/music-and-dance/57479/manyeruke-back-with-a-bang.html Manyeruke back with a bang], 'The Zimbabwean', Published: 1 Apr 2012, Retrieved: 8 Apr 2014</ref> 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]].
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==Background==
 
==Background==
Manyeruke was born on the 16th of August 1942 in [[Gweru]]. He is married to Helena, and the couple is blessed with seven children. His last born son, Emmanuel Manyeruke has followed his footsteps albeit in dancehall music and is populary known as [[Guspy Warrior]].
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Manyeruke was born on the 16 of August 1942 in Chiwundura Village in [[Gweru]].<ref name="JIVE"> [http://jivezimbabwe.com/news/93-artist-profiling/130-mechanic-manyeruke.html Mechanic Manyeruke], "Jive Zimbabwe", Published:,Retrieved:3 February 2015"</ref> 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]].<ref> Guthrie Munyuki, [http://www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/2013/11/14/manyeruke-a-reason-to-celebrate Manyeruke: A reason to celebrate], 'DailyNews', Published: 14 Nov 2013, Retrieved: 8 Apr 2014 </ref> He later became an assistant driver at Clan Transport.<ref name="abc"/> From being an assistant driver, he was employed at Anglo-American Corporation initially as a scullion.<ref name="abc"/> He rose through the ranks to become a waiter and a special waitress for the directors of the company.<ref name="abc"/>
==Before Fame==
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Manyeruke, like fellow musician [[Kapfupi]], lived an oblique life in his early years. He started off as gardener in Borrowdale.<ref> Guthrie Munyuki, [http://www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/2013/11/14/manyeruke-a-reason-to-celebrate Manyeruke: A reason to celebrate], 'DailyNews', Published: 14 Nov 2013, Retrieved: 8 Apr 2014 </ref> He later became a waiter at an Anglo-American company.
 
 
==Music Career==
 
==Music Career==
Manyeruke started his music career sometime in 1956/7 when he was still a student at St Patrick’s Mission in Gweru. During the school holidays, the mission authorities would ask for musically-talented pupils to perform and that was his first step in music. That is when he started playing his banjo. He later relocated to [[Harare]] in 1967 where he saw the [[Salvation Army]] band performing at the Borrowdale Racecourse for a Christmas festival. It was here that his passion for learning the guitar was born. He was fortunate enough to have his friend at the mission buy a guitar. From there on he would borrow it and began to learn the strings. His passion triggered him to join the Salvation Army in 1968. This opened doors of blessings for the talented artist as he was given a chance to sing in Dzivarasekwa at an open air event, playing from his borrowed guitar. Through his immaculate performance, one Jonah Matswetu inquired about him and and would later draft him into his band called Peace Makers. <ref> [http://www.newzimbabwe.com/showbiz-477-The+Truth+About+Mechanic+Manyeruke/showbiz.aspx The Truth About: Mechanic Manyeruke], 'New Zimbabwe', Published: 19 Dec 2009, Retrieved: 8 Apr 2014 </ref> He used to ask him to come to [[Mbare]] to teach other guys how to play the instruments. The humble singer later joined another group called Gospel Singers  which was quite successful and even embarked on a regional tour that saw them perform in South Africa. Under the tutelage of (Salvation Army) officer called Commissioner Moyo, the group did not survive as he soon retired.
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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.<ref name="NEW"/> 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 [[Borrowdal]]e Racecourse for a Christmas festival.<ref name="NEW"/> 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 <ref name="NEW"/> and he seized the opportunity to teach himself how to play the guitar.  
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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.<ref name="NEW"> [http://www.newzimbabwe.com/showbiz-477-The+Truth+About+Mechanic+Manyeruke/showbiz.aspx The Truth About: Mechanic Manyeruke], "New Zimbabwe", Published:19 Jun 2009,Retrieved:3 February 2015"</ref> 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.<ref name="JIVE"/>
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==Solo Career==
 
==Solo Career==
When the group collapse, Manyeruke did not collapse with it but embarked on a solo career that saw him release his first album 'Zakewu' in 1984. The album which was released under the then Teal Record Company, now [[Gramma Records]] was a huge hit, and the track 'When the Saints Go Marching In' received favourable airplay. Initially, the record company was reluctant to record a gospel album at the time because they believed there was no market for it, and there were no recording gospel singers in Zimbabwe. But [[Bothwell Nyamondera]], a sound engineer at Teal, managed to convince the studio manager Abel Mapfumo that he had already done extensive work on the project and they had to record it otherwise his effort would have been wasted. Before he ventured into gospel ,Manyeruke started as a secular musician and recorded his first single in 1969 and and recorded his first album with the [[The Four Brothers]] in 1973.<ref> Godwin Muzari, [http://www.herald.co.zw/four-decades-of-praise-and-worship/ Four decades of praise and worship], 'Herald', Published: 25 Nov 2013, Retrieved: 8 Apr 2014 </ref>  
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In 1984, Manyeruke released his first album ''Zakewu'' 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.<ref name="zim">  [http://zimbeatnews.blogspot.com/2011/10/baba-mechanic-manyeruke-releases-album.html Baba Mechanic Manyeruke Releases Album number 25 - Muchandiziva here?], "Zim Beat News", Published:2 Oct 2011,Retrieved:3 February 2015"</ref> Some of the tracks from his albums which increased his popularity include, ''Joseph and Potiphar's Wife'', ''Nyoka Murenje'', ''Rudo serwaPeter'' 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.<ref name="abc"> author, [http://www.zimhotnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1261:ii-never-made-much-through-music-baba-manyeruke&catid=3:entertainment&Itemid=3 I Never Made Much Through Music - Baba Manyeruke], "Zim Hot News", Published:,Retrieved:3 February 2015"</ref> He is now into subsistence farming.
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[[File:MECHANIC-MANYERUKE.jpg|thumb|Manyeruke looking at his 'car']]
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==Recognition==
 
==Recognition==
In 2013, Manyeruke's consistency and pioneering efforts in the gospel fratenity were to be paid off through the benevolence of a localorgisation. Pride Africa Network, a development and research organisation, was reportedly resolved to donate a posh Jaguar XF car to celebrate his 40-year music career.<ref> Byan  Gumbo, [http://www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/2013/11/09/manyeruke-to-receive-jaguar-xf Manyeruke to receive Jaguar XF], 'DailyNews', Published: 9 Nov 2013, Retrieved:8 Apr 2014 </ref> The vehicle was supposed to be handed to him on December 19 but up to this day, he is still to receive it. The constant inquiry of the promised jaguar by the media and fans is now 'affecting' him.<ref> Vasco Chaya, [http://www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/2014/03/18/double-trouble-for-manyeruke Double trouble for Manyeruke], 'DailyNews', Published: 18 March 2014, Retrieved: 8 Apr 2014 </ref>
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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.<ref> Byan  Gumbo, [http://www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/2013/11/09/manyeruke-to-receive-jaguar-xf Manyeruke to receive Jaguar XF], 'DailyNews', Published: 9 Nov 2013, Retrieved:8 Apr 2014 </ref> The vehicle was supposed to be handed to him on December 19, 2013 but he is still to receive it. .<ref> Vasco Chaya, [http://www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/2014/03/18/double-trouble-for-manyeruke Double trouble for Manyeruke], 'DailyNews', Published: 18 March 2014, Retrieved: 8 Apr 2014 </ref>. A gospel show was also held to honour Manyeruke in 2013.<ref name="YEU"> Yeukai Karengezeka, [http://www.herald.co.zw/gospel-concert-honours-baba-manyeruke/ Gospel concert honours Baba Manyeruke], "The Herald", Published:25 Nov 2013,Retrieved:3 February 2015"</ref>
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==Discography==
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# Zakewu
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# Ari mandiri Jesu
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# Mabasa
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# Ndeyeiko Nyaya
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# Siyabonga Baba
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# Varombo Pamweya
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# Mwari Ishe Wazvose
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# Muchandiziva Here
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==Trivia==
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Before he ventured into gospel, Manyeruke started as a secular musician and recorded his first single in 1969 and and recorded his first album with the [[The Four Brothers]] in 1973.<ref> Godwin Muzari, [http://www.herald.co.zw/four-decades-of-praise-and-worship/ Four decades of praise and worship], 'Herald', Published: 25 Nov 2013, Retrieved: 8 Apr 2014 </ref>
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Revision as of 08:23, 3 February 2015

Musician
Mechanic Manyeruke
Mechanic Manyeruke, Musician
Born (1942-08-06) August 6, 1942 (age 79)
NationalityZimbabwe
EducationSt Patrick's Primary School
Occupation
  • Musician
  • Farmer.
Years active1969 to present
Known forSinging
Home townGweru
Spouse(s)Helena Manyeruke
ChildrenGuspy Warrior and 6 others

Mechanic 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 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, Nyoka Murenje, Rudo serwaPeter and Makoroto amongst others.

Similar Articles You Might Want to See

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 his first 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