Zexie Manatsa's youngest son to launch first album with wife

Zexie Manatsa's youngest son to launch first album with wife
Published: 06 July 2017 (650 Views)
Musician, Zex Taku Manatsa is following in the footsteps of his legendary father, Zexie Manatsa with the launch of his first album, Friends in Christ.

Named after his father, Zex Jnr is the youngest of Manatsa's children and has collaborated with his wife Sharon on a nine track masterpiece produced by sought after music producer, MacDonald "MacDee" Chidavaenzi.

The album is being launched at an event taking place at Beales Hotel in Hatfield on Saturday 8th July.
Gospel sweetheart Caroline Nyakudya is among the top gospel acts that will perform at the debut launch.  The line-up also includes Wency, Lloyd Tevedzai and Obert Mazivisa.

Tickets to the event are still available for £30. The blacktie event is scheduled to start at 6pm.
Tidi Kwidini caught up with Zex Jnr to chat about the upcoming event and the inspiration behind his first project.

TK: You are launching your first album on Saturday; tell me a bit about it?

TM: Yes I am. This project is quite significant to my wife and I, as we have wanted to do something like this for some time. The aim or vision of this project is to have a group of multicultural, talented gospel singers from all denominations coming together in one accord, not only to showcase their talent but, record and perform worldwide.

TK: What is the inspiration behind this project?

TM: Growing up in a family that has been creating and producing music for decades, it had always been a dream of mine to produce an album that showcases,not only my passion and talent but, an opportunity to put something together that also benefits other gifted muscians as well. I want to create a platform that allows upcoming musicians to express themselves creatively and also share what I have learned over the years in the music industry.

TK: You have collaborated with your wife on this album, what was it like writing and recording this album together?

TM:It was a rewarding experience. We had so many ideas and melodies, and wanted to get them on paper and get them recorded.  Sharon has always been passionate about music since the day I met her in 2011 when we were part of gospel ensemble, Free to Worship. I think that is what brought us together.  The one beautiful thing we have in common is our love for creating and producing music. She is a gifted singer with great ideas and an ear for identifying untapped talent, so when it came to putting this album together we knew exactly what we wanted to achieve and who we wanted to target to make this project a success in the long run.

TK: You worked with MacDee on your debut. What was it like working with one of the biggest producers in the music industry?

TM: It was an amazing experience. The man is gifted and, has a real insight and understanding of music. He understood our vision and helped us execute it exactly the way we wanted to. He is currently in the UK and recently performed with my brother Tendai and his wife Selmor at the Jive festival. He also produced their latest song Hangasa, which is simply electrifying.

TK: Does this mean a second album is on the cards?

TM:Yes, definitely. We are in the process of recording our second album before he flies back to Zimbabwe and all I can say is that it is coming together nicely and we cannot wait until it is completed and released. I am also excited that my brothers will be collaborating with on this album.

TK: You are a drummer by profession,what other instruments do you play?

TM: Yes, I am a drummer ,however over the years I have learnt to play the piano to help with song writing.

TK: What about singing?

TM: I cannot confidently call myself a singer but once in a while you will see me behind the mic. As a songwriter I do enjoy listening to and, trying out new things to make music innovative and timeless. I continue to learn daily and challenge myself to do better. After all, I inherited the music gene from my dad and he has done a lot to pave the way for us. I can only hope that I continue to make him proud.

TK: Being the son of a father who is an icon in the music industry must come with its own set of challenges. Do you ever feel the pressure to reach the level of success he has achieved?

TM:It would be an understatement to say that I don't feel any pressure sometimes. My Dad has accomplished a lot in his music career and has set the bar very high. However, he has this way of making us feel that we are achieving and, will achieve far beyond what we have imagined.

TK:Did your dad play a role in helping you put this album together?

My father was there throughout the production of this album. We shared our vision with him and he supported us wholeheartedly. He joined us in the studio on several occasions and even helped us re-write some of the verses and choruses.
If he missed a session he would want to listen to what we had done in studio that day and would give us his honest and constructive feedback. He carried us through this project. I remember him telling us not to worry about it being perfect because what was important was the fact that we had started somewhere and that with time we would evolve and improve.

TK: Are you ready for the launch?

TM: Yes we are ready and raring to go. We have been waiting for this for so long and, now we are almost there. The first step is the hardest but, I think with the support and love we have received and continue to receive, we will keep reaching for the stars because everything always has a way of falling into place.

For tickets or to find out more information contact Taku on 07855340649 or 07765342020

- Tidi Kwidini


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