GENTLE GIANT SLEEPS…Legend Zex Manatsa laid to rest

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GENTLE GIANT SLEEPS…Legend Zex Manatsa laid to rest Music icon Zex Manatsa was laid to rest yesterday at Warren Hills Cemetery


Trust Khosa and Mary Mutamiri
LEGENDARY musician Zex Manatsa was yesterday laid to rest at Warren Hills Cemetery.

The iconic crooner lost his battle against cancer on Thursday last week.

He was 78.

He is survived by his widow Stella, six children and 14 grandchildren. Fellow musicians, friends and relatives, who attended the State assisted send-off, hailed the former Green Arrows boss as a creative genius who made it to the top due to professionalism, humility and talent.

Parliamentarian Simbaneuta Mudarikwa, who once promoted Manatsa under Jacks Promotions in the late 70s and early 80s, said the late singer was a man of the people.

“I once promoted him back in the day and we toured many parts of the country where he gave other musicians like Oliver Mtukudzi the platform the shine.

“He was a dedicated performer, who made it to the stars, due to professionalism. We were blessed to have a musician of Manatsa’s calibre who really worked hard to achieve the celebrity status he enjoyed,” he said.

Mudarikwa hailed the late singer for being a responsible family man.

“Manatsa was also a family man who raised his kids well.

“It’s not easy being a father of six boys where you don’t find one who likes trouble. The fact that the kids are professionals shows that they were raised by a responsible man,”  he said.

Similar sentiments were echoed by Tanga wekwa Sando, who had an opportunity to share the stage with the Tii Hobvu hit-maker.

“Zex Manatsa was one of the pioneering legends of Zimbabwean music,” he said.

“I’m glad that we are here at his burial where glowing tributes about the crooner are still being shared.

“This shows that he was a great person and man of the people who had principles that saw him managing it in life.”

He added: “Like any other person, Zex faced numerous trials and tribulations that made him strong.

“Zex Manatsa never lost hope in life as he remained focused when he encountered challenges.

“To Manatsa’s family, we urged them to remain united and do what their father taught them.”

Suluman Chimbetu praised the crooner for a scandal-free life well lived.

“Growing up as kids, we never heard about scandals involving mudhara Manatsa which showed that he was really a principled man.

“He stayed away from controversy, which really shows that he was a focused man.

“To the family, they should not shed any tears but they need to continue putting into practice what they were taught by their father.

“He was a gentle giant who prioritised his family, which made all his kids focused.”

Fellow musicians, including Minister Michael Mahendere, Clive “Mono” Mukundu, Dereck Mpofu and Ammi Jamanda graced the burial.

Selmor Mutudzi cut a forlorn figure, as she was consoled by fellow musicians, and family members.

Her husband Tendai Manatsa was among the pallbearers.

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