In a sad development Legendary Musician, Zexie Manatsa has died. The Musician had been battling cancer for a long time.
Posting on Facebook, Manatsa said :
With great sadness we would like to let everyone know that our Father, Our Legend , Pastor and Sekuru Zexie Manatsa, has succumbed to cancer. May his dear soul rest in peace. 01/01/44-20/01/2022,” posted a family memberManatsa
In August 2021, Zex Manatsa revealed that he had been diagnosed with cancer known as Multiple Myeloma. In December 2021, Manatsa took to social media and revealed that he was admitted to a hospital where he was receiving treatment from specialists.
Zex launched his musical career in 1959 in Mhangura, Zimbabwe, at the age of 17 with his young brothers performing covers as Mambo Jazz Band. He went on to create the Green Arrows Band in 1968 after relocating to Bulawayo, for which Zex provided lead vocals and played bass.
In 1969, Zex joined the Sunrise Kwela Kings, In 1972, the Green Arrows began writing their own songs to mass appeal. South African saxophonist West Nkosi, who was also a consultant for Gallo Records, discovered the band and became their producer in the 70s.
The resulting album, “Chipo Chiroorwa”, sold so well that the band moved to the capital city of Harare. Their success continued in the 1970s and 80s, as they continued to produce well-received tours and hit records.