The Herald (Harare)

27 August 2012

Zimbabwe: Roki, Maneta Play On DVD This Week

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Zimbabwean housemate Maneta and Roki.

Roki and Maneta (Encounter), a play by Rooftop Promotions, will start from this week be available on DVD, the producers have said. Daves Guzha, the producer of Rooftop Promotions, said the massively attended play will not go on national tour but rather will be released on DVD for distribution.

"The show has been amazing with good attendance as well as good performances. We have not changed from our earlier decision to show the play for one week.

"However, those who are not in Harare will have to buy the DVDs which will be released starting from next week," Guzha said.

In the play urban grooves singer Roki, whose real name is Rockford Josphats, showed that he is a man of many talents in his stage debut.

Produced and directed by Guzha with the assistance of Marian Kunonga as co-director, the play opened at Theatre in the Park to critical acclaim.

However, it was sad that Maneta Mazanhi could not make it on stage due to her busy schedule but Nothando Nobengula put up a brilliant performance.

Other members in the cast include the talented Chipo Bizure and Michael Kudakwashe who feature as adjudicators.

Written by veteran playwright and critic Stephen Chifunyise, the play captured one of Zimbabwe's most talked about rivalries in the entertainment industry.

The Roki and Maneta enmity in the Big Brother StarGame reality show grabbed headlines and divided the nation as fans of the two Zimbabwean representatives came out guns blazing in support of their favourite housemate.

The subsequent disqualification of the pair from the reality show added fuel to the fire as emotions hit the roof with followers of Big Brother StarGame taking turns to heap blame on the two for their reckless behaviour.

However, this did not only have negative impact on Roki and Maneta, as both became instant celebrities.

Roki and Maneta (Encounter) is a light-hearted production infused with dance, music and a sprinkling of comedy.

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