Manyeruke still go­ing strong at 74

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Bon­gani Ndlovu Show­biz Correspondent

GOSPEL veteran Mechanic Manyeruke may be 74-years-old but still be­lieves God’s grace is on his side af­ter cheat­ing death while trav­el­ling to Bu­l­awayo.

Manyeruke was a fort­night ago, in­volved in an ac­ci­dent while on his way to Bu­l­awayo to at­tend a fundrais­ing show for his church— the Sal­va­tion Army.

The church is rais­ing money to cel­e­brate 125 years of its min­istry in the coun­try. Manyeruke struck a cow about 40KM out­side Bu­l­awayo and be­lieves that his sur­vival shows he has more to of­fer.

“We were ex­cited to be com­ing to Bu­l­awayo and it was my first time since 1989 to per­form here at the Sal­va­tion Army branch in Makokoba. Sur­viv­ing the ac­ci­dent showed me that there’s some­thing that I’ve to ful­fil in God’s plan,” said Manyeruke who re­tired as a Sergeant Ma­jor in the church.

“The cows were in the mid­dle of the road. When I dipped my head­lights one of them came into the road and by the time one of my col­leagues yelled out inkomo, it was too late. It was in the mid­dle of the road. For­tu­nately it didn’t have horns be­cause it would’ve hurt me badly. I hit its cheek and it died on the spot.”

Away from the near death ex­pe­ri­ence, the Mako­rokoto h i t - maker said he was work­ing on a new al­bum for his fans. “There’s a new al­bum at the end of this month called Man­girin­gende. It’s an acous­tic al­bum that has my sig­na­ture guitar as per re­quest from my fans. In the al­bum I’m go­ing back to the sound I started, which was dom­i­nated by my guitar,” said Manyeruke. He said a song to look out for was Ngiphilela uJesu, which sums up his life as a musician and a per­son. “There’s a song called Ngiphilela uJesu off my lat­est al­bum. This is my song and it brings tears be­cause I re­alise that I’ve lived a long time and when I re­alise it’s Je­sus who has kept me for so long, it brings tears of joy,” said Manyeruke. He said nowa­days peo­ple no longer sing to con­vert peo­ple but to make money, lim­it­ing the im­pact of gospel mu­sic. “Peo­ple now sing for money and fame but for us when we started we sang to bring peo­ple to God through our faith. I spent about six years of my ca­reer with­out get­ting money for per­for­mances as I wasn’t into get­ting money. It was af­ter that when peo­ple said I should record and get money. “Now when an artiste records an al­bum they want to make money off it for­get­ting the calling of be­ing a gospel musician,” said Manyeruke. “If you’re to sing a song for the peo­ple, make sure that it touches and min­is­ters to you also. If you sing for peo­ple to en­joy and be touched but your mu­sic doesn’t touch you, it’s a waste of time.” Turn­ing to his chil­dren, Manyeruke said he had fi­nally lis­tened to his son Em­manuel’s (Guspy War­rior) mu­sic and en­joyed it. “I’ve lis­tened to Guspy War­rior’s songs and upon hear­ing his songs, I pic­tured Bob Mar­ley. I was im­pressed he has good songs and most of them are en­joy­able. “It’s not as if I didn’t wa n t to lis­ten to his mu­sic I had no time and one day some­time this year when we were trav­el­ling, my wife sug­gested for us to lis­ten to his lat­est al­bum,” said Manyeruke. Dur­ing Manyeruke’s spare time, he reads the Bi­ble or spends week­ends at his ru­ral home of Chi­wun­dura. look­ing af­ter his live­stock.

Mechanic Manyeruke

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