The Herald (Harare)

27 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Kapfupi Celebrates Success

Kapfupi Juice Card Chikwama ( Resource: Kapfupi - Chikwama

Comedian-CUM-MUSICIAN Freddy "Kapfupi" Manjalima is excited with the progress he has made in his career so far.

The former street theatre performer has chronicled his life struggles in a new song "Nhoroondo". The song narrates the comedian's life story from the time he was in street theatre to this day where he has made fame and fortune through music and hard work.

For a man who started off as a farm boy, to main street theatre actor and only recently to be a musician, his fortunes have been on gradual rise, something that he says he never imagined would happen.

Fortune seems to favour the brave and this appears to be true for Kapfupi. Ever since he released his smash hit "Mai Nga", Kapfupi has never looked back.

Kapfupi continues to write his rags to riches story. The musician now claims space in the fast lane with his BMW.

He started to satiate his penchant for wheels with a modest Nissan Pulsar, and dumped it for Mazda 323 before making a giant leap to a BMW.

As if it was not enough, Kapfupi opened a bar in Epworth in 2011.

Kapfupi has some bodyguards on his payroll.

Referring to the time he was a street theatre performer, Kapfupi sings: "Taiita kunge marombe, makata anoshura mawere . . . zvinhu zvese zvine nhoroondo."

Kapfupi made his name on the streets of Harare as a street theatre comedian, where he carved his niche along First Street together with his longtime ally Jeffrey Chikwesere of the "Kuuraya Munhu" fame.

It has become a habit for the award-winning singer to open his shows with the song.

The comic singer said he was inspired to write the song because it touches on his life.

"Everything has its history. Most people know how I started. I am satisfied with the progress that I have made so far. God has been good. I never imagined that I will get this far," he said.

Born 36 years ago in Ruwa, Kapfupi attended Raymondale Primary School, where his passion for acting started in Grade Four.

This was to continue in high school at Domboramwari Secondary School in Epworth, where he unfortunately dropped out in Form Two and had to take up jobs that included acting and sewing.

In 1998 he teamed up with Jeffrey "Aphiri", Chikwesere to form True Vision Drama Club.

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