Zex Manatsa

Zex Manatsa is a retired male Zimbabwean singer, songwriter, and bass player. He rose to prominence in the 1970s with his band, The Green Arrows, which he started in Mhangura, Zimbabwe in 1968[1]. In the 1970s and 80s, Zex released many tracks which have proved to be all-time hits such as “Chipo Chiroorwa”, “Bambo Mwakwatila”, “Vaparidzi Vawanda”, “Mwana Waenda”, “Chechule Anavala Bottom”, and “Chimwamuna Chamimba”

Biography

Zex launched his musical career in 1959 in Mhangura, Zimbabwe, at the age of 17. He went onto creating the Green Arrows band in 1968, for which Zex provided lead vocals and played bass. In 1969, Zex joined the Sunrise Kwela Kings, In 1972, the Green Arrows began writing their own songs to mass appeal. South African saxophonist West Nkosi, who was also a consultant for Gallo Records, discovered the band and became their producer in the 70s. The resulting album, “Chipo Chiroorwa”, sold so well and the band moved to the capital city of Harare. Their success continued in the 1970s and 80s, as they continued to produce well-received tours and hit records.

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