Zimbabwean music legend Zex Manatsa (78) succumbs to cancer

Zimbabwean music legend Zex Manatsa (78) succumbs to cancer

Zexie Manatsa

Legendary musician, Zex Manatsa has succumbed to cancer. He was 78. The sad news was confirmed in a Facebook post by his son Tendai.

“With great sadness we would like to let everyone know that our Father, Our Legend , Pastor and Sekuru Zexie Manatsa, has succumbed to cancer. May his dear soul rest in peace.

Manatsa, in August last year announced that he has been diagnosed with cancer known as Multiple Myeloma and was receiving treatment.

Musicians, politicians from across the political divide, the football fraternity, and ordinary Zimbabweans Thursday mourned legendary singer, Zex Manatsa.

Manatsa died in Harare Thursday aged 78.

Manatsa’s musical journey started in the 1960s singing in farms of Mhangura, at tea parties and beerhalls.

He rose to prominence in the 1970s with the Green Arrows Band.

However, the Chipo Chirorwa singer’s death came as a shock to Zimbabweans with many going on social media platforms to mourn the legend.

“Another pioneering legend gone: Just got news of the passing of yet another Zim music pioneering legend, Zexie Manatsa. R.I.P Tea Hobvu,” renowned guitarist, Mono Mukundu said.

“Sad to learn of the demise of music legend Zexie Manatsa. May his legacy be of some comfort to his family and friends. May His Soul Rest In Peace,” Nick Mangwana, the government spokesperson added.

The United Kingdom-based law lecturer Alex Magaisa said Manatsa sang the best football song – Makepekepe.

“Best football song is the Caps one. Shaisamufaro Zexie Manatsa.”

During the glory days of local football, Manatsa recorded three hit songs dedicated to the country’s biggest soccer clubs, Dynamos, Highlanders and Caps United.

Presidential spokesperson George Charamba said: “Go well Mhofu Zexies Manatsa!!! My heart is sore, very sore! Having spent the greater part of day out of reach, I am just catching up with ugly news of the demise of Cde Zexie Manatsa, an iconic musical singer who used his exceptional musical talent to sing Zimbabwe Struggle!”

He said he was being taken care of by his family.

“My family, friends and fans, as you know I am battling cancer. The last couple of weeks have been tough on my body.

“I am currently admitted to the hospital in order to be closely monitored and receive treatment from specialists.

“Mentally, I am strong and optimistic. Mainly because my family is here with me every day, all the way on this journey. My family has been and continues to take care of all my medical bills,” he said.

Manatsa was married to Stella, the woman he has been with for more than four decades.

Unforgettable is their wedding that took place more than 30 years ago. The Green Arrows band leader and his wife had their white wedding on the 29th of August 1979 at the Rufaro Stadium in Mbare. An estimated crowd of over 50 000 people attended the event.

It is reported that the wedding angered the then Prime Minister of Zimbabwe/Rhodesia Abel Muzorewa because he had to cancel his rally scheduled for the same day as people chose the wedding ahead of the Bishop’s campaign event.