The Herald (Harare)

20 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Mannex Brings Music, Sculpture Together

Zim-reggae artiste Emmanuel "Mannex" Motsi has brought music and sculpture together in a new project due for release before year end. A music video titled "Tengenenge" named after the Guruve cultural and

sculpture hub of the same name will be launched this month in celebration of the wonderful work being done at the art community.

"It all started after a lady from the Czech Republic who is in love with local sculpture asked me to do a song to help people overseas have a better understanding of what the Tengenenge community is all about.

"The video focuses on the Guruve community and seeks to raise awareness on the work they have done and continue promote Zimbabwe's culture," said the 32-year-old.

After holding a show at Tengenenge early this year, the musician said his aim was to highlight to locals and foreigners the beauty of local traditions and the need to preserve culture.

The video will document his experiences, the beauty and way of life of the people in the small town of Guruve through the lens of the camera.

Passed down from generation to generation, sculpture is a major source of employment in "the land of milk, honey and dust", as Herald Features Editor Isdore Guvamombe calls his hometown.

The reggae-crooner preaches messages of self-upliftment and self-consciousness in his music and promises diehard fans more lovers rock singles and shows in the New Year. Motsi, however, bemoans the lack of appreciation of sculpture.

"My wish is to bring the two together for a common cause because elsewhere in the world art pays.

"Therefore, my plea is for the corporate world to step in and support our art," said Motsi.

Since the formative years with Bootkin Klan in 2007, Motsi has grown from strength to strength, at one time sharing the stage with the late Dumi Ngulube.

After quitting Transit Crew last year, he has assembled his own band, Mofamilee.

He is basking in the glory of his new album titled "Mo Love", his second this year after "Rwendo" (It's a Mission).

"Mo Love" has nine tracks and features artistes like Mono Mukundu on guitar and Chikwata 263's Hector Muganhi on mbira

The new album has spawned a video, "Mwari Ndewe Munhu Wese", which is already on the market.

"I prefer to call my music 'Zim-reggae' and it is a distinct sound because of the way I fuse it with mbira and the traditional ngoma", said the dreadlocked musician.

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