Manyeruke to receive Jaguar XF

HARARE - Pride Africa Network, a development and research organisation, will donate a posh Jaguar XF car to veteran gospel artiste Mechanic Manyeruke as part of events lined up to celebrate the Moses singer’s 40-year career.

The car will be handed over to the 71-year-old artiste on December 19 during a dinner to be held at Rainbow Towers in honour of the gospel music legend by Pride Africa Network.

Shepherd Sirewu, chief executive officer of Pride Africa Network told the Daily News yesterday that Manyeruke’s pioneering role in Zimbabwe’s gospel music deserves to be recognised.

“Baba Manyeruke’s musical career is worthy popping champagne for,” said Sirewu.

“He is the pioneer of modern gospel music in Zimbabwe. We can generally say that Zimbabwe’s vibrant gospel music sector owes a lot to Baba Manyeruke.

“He began his gospel music career when the genre was not fashionable. He started singing gospel music when record companies were not prepared to record gospel music but he soldiered on.”

Pride Africa Network, which presented a trophy to dendera musician Suluman Chimbetu to celebrate his first year at the helm of Orchestra Dendera Kings, has decided to go a gear up this time around.

“We have decided to honour him differently and with a unique car so that people can see what we mean — he is a hero,” said Sirewu.

The 71-year-old Manyeruke, who has been at the pinnacle of Zimbabwean gospel music for four decades, was pleasantly surprised by the news.

“When I learnt about the development I was so touched. I am very excited and nervous at the same time. I can’t believe this is happening to me,” said Manyeruke.

In addition to the Jaguar XF and the dinner, several top Zimbabwean gospel musicians have lined up a show for Baba Manyeruke dubbed The Tribute to Baba Manyeruke Concert slated for November 23 at Harare International Conference Centre (HICC).

Victor Makoni, one of the organisers of the tribute said the plan has been in the pipeline for some time now but it was delayed due to lack of resources. He denied that the Zimbabwean gospel music fraternity has been prodded into action because of the Tuku Tribute Concert held at the end of September.

“We had this idea from last year but we could not generate enough resources. We want to celebrate the life of our veteran gospel artiste along with his fans,” said Makoni, who manages Eternity Productions.

The Tribute to Baba Manyeruke Concert will feature the launch of the iconic gospel star’s new album.

Artistes who confirmed their participation in the gospel concert include Mathias Mhere, Kudzi Nyakudya, Pastor G, Mudiwa, Thembalami, Bethany, ZimPraise, CCAP Voice of Mbare, Amos Mahendere and Agatha.

Makoni added that other artistes such as Pastor Charamba and his wife along with Pastor Bonnie and the Celebration Choir are yet to confirm.

One of the highlights of the tribute concert will be appearance of Manyeruke’s son Emmanuel “Guspy” Manyeruke.

Comments (23)

Thats good news I really thrilled about the move. just a question to Pastor charamba and his wife. Why are you taking long to confrim your feeling about such a wonderful move and watch out of being Jealousy we encourage you to be very supportive on this, particularly on this event.

Mike Hands - 9 November 2013

On behalf of all loving Zimbabweans, I appreciate and commend the organizers of this event. It seems Zimbabweans have come of age. Zimbabweans are a truly GOD fearing nation.

dungas - 9 November 2013

Thats a noble action. Manyeruke preached the gosbel through his influencial songs for a long time and I as his big fan am really impressed.

Willard - 9 November 2013

that is so lovely i recall Baba Manyeruke at the Victor Awards ceremony held at the Celebration Centre in november 2012 he appealed for a Benz.Thanks for heeding his call.

chuwe tavada - 9 November 2013

A fitting tribute. Well done for the recognition. But in terms of gospel music, there was the late Jordan Chataika and his sisters (Molly etc). These were real pioneers according to me. This is not to steal any limelight from MM but mentioning the roots of Gospel

AP - 9 November 2013

God rewards deserving people through people even in their old age. May the light shine on for the good of the gospel.

robert saidi - 9 November 2013

Its good to know that amidst such confusion there are some few who still think and act like human beings. You are blessed. Thank you!

mwana wapresident - 10 November 2013

Wana AP majairosi zvekutI chataika zviri kubvepi Let this man be honored full stop and on top of that he nurtured Guspy warrior

Acceptancy - 10 November 2013

Great news indeed. Isu takazvarwa tikawana vachingoimba gospel, takakura tichitevera kwavaiimba negitare ravo muChitungwiza. Tinofara nekuti nanhasi baba Manyeruke vari kupfuurira mberi nekurumbidza Mwari nekuimba. Mwari ngaakudzwe. Makorokoto Baba Mechanic Manyeruke

Carol Mujokoro - 11 November 2013

M so touched. Blessed is the hand that giveth. The man deserves it. Glory to God.

Rejoe - 11 November 2013

this is amazing news ,Baba Manyeruke deserves such an honour and more ,he paved the way for all these gospel artists of nowadays . He is a great man of God

kayz - 11 November 2013

Mechanic Manyeruke is indeed one such honourable man. May the good Lord bless him....

snowden - 11 November 2013

This is great Pride Africa Network! Baba is a deserving receipient, am happy too for HIM. God is great and your donation will be acknowledged and you will be rewarded in heaven.

Tizirepi - 11 November 2013

thank you pride motors, but this guy is elderly a jaguar xf is sporty, why not offer him a discovery or freelander...vanoenda kumamisha ka madhara inozoshandiswa naseunononga

zviko - 11 November 2013

pliz make sure you hand the keys to the old man IN JESUS NAME .AMEN

phelix - 11 November 2013

Makorokoto makuru kuna Baba Manyeruke.

Flossy - 12 November 2013

Congratulations Samanyanga...I am proud to worship with you weekly at the Salvation Army Chitungwiza....you have inspired me and many young musicians in the church...all glory be to God!

Maxwell Barson - 12 November 2013

Makorokoto makuru mukuruwangu. zvinofadza izvi.

Allan Nyemba - 12 November 2013

fantastic , seunononga atopindawo

percko - 12 November 2013

Wonderful news indeed. God so richly bless Baba Manyeruke.

Kapela Ntoya - 13 November 2013

Im happy for you Baba Manyeruke, keep soldiering on baba. You make us proud as Salvationists,

chiroodza - 13 November 2013

We glorify Jesus who has honored the father of the Gospel music in Zimbabwe.Mwari havanyadzisise zvedi vazviita Tenzi Jesu.Tino tenda baba Manyeruke.

Apostle nhlanhla sibanda(sa) - 18 December 2013

Congrats to which ever gospel singer got this. Its the most beautiful car to drive. The latest model second hand sells for more than $80,000 http://www.carsales.com.au/car/jaguar/xf . This is a massive price.

Maxy - 13 January 2015

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