Mannex signs for Jamaican music label

HARARE - Local reggae artiste Mannex has inked a marketing and distribution deal with Jamaica-based VP Records that works with leading international musicians like Sean Paul, Beenie Man, Busy Signal and Jah Cure.

The 35-year-old Mannex, who was born Emmanuel Motsi, believes the new deal will propel him into the limelight.

“They (VP Records) will be marketing my music on over 100 platforms and I will be the first in Zimbabwe to have this kind of deal. I am signed under Vadzimu Records who brokered the deal.

“It is amazing to get such recognition internationally and looking at where I started off with the Bootkin Clan; it shows that I am growing. I have been working so hard to be where I am today and I feel that the hard work is paying off,” he told the Daily News yesterday.

The Anoti Nyo Ndiani singer is determined to use the deal to secure collaborations with the various internationally-recognised Jamaican stars contracted to VP Records.

“I would most definitely love collaborations with some of the artistes signed by VP records and I think this deal will help me get that.

“All we need right now is for Zimbabwean music to be on the international market, especially reggae music,” he said.

Vadzimu Records chief executive officer Martin Stewart told the Daily News that they had utilised their links with international music labels to secure the deals.

“Vadzimu Records has been in existence for over 10 years, but the record label was established early this year. Basically, VP is the biggest reggae and dancehall distributor in the world.

“I negotiated marketing and distribution for Mannex. The album that will be marketed right now is his third album, Sweet Loving which was released in September and around the same time the deal was signed.

“I cannot tell you the duration of the deal as it is subject to extension. Mannex was signed to my record label early this year,” he said.

Mannex, who leads a band called Mo Familee and regularly does lead vocals for local reggae veterans Transit Crew, ventured into music in 2002 as part of Bootkin Klan where he played an instrumental role in the release of the album Tsamba (Letter) a year later.

Bootkin Klan, under the stewardship of Mannex, later released the popular album Anoti Nyo Ndiani in 2004.

After going solo the talented reggae vocalist released Munhumutema (2005), Rwendo (2012), Unity (2009) with Transit Crew, More Love (2013), Optimist By Choice in the Czech Republic Femtame (2014) and Sweet Loving (2015).

Comments (3)

Big up mannex

kmanhungira - 18 November 2015

One talented young man who doesn't brag yet he is good.Keep up good work.

Semalo - 19 November 2015

way to go mr mannex jah bless!

edgar hkd - 3 December 2015

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