Barely seven months after he quit the fashionable reggae outfit, The Transit Crew, reggae singer Emmanuel “Mannex” Motsi released his second album titled Mo Love.
Inspired by the will to see talent evolve and give birth to a new generation of young and creative artists, Mannex said this album was a true reflection of the calibre of artist he is.
“I can safely say that this album is me, a true reflection of the world around me and something different that my fans have never heard before,” he said.
Complemented by a good vocal accord, energetic stage work and sizzling vocals from his sisters, Mary Mo and Flo Mo, Mo Love is a true reflection of the vast talent that is in reggae music.
Composed of four tracks including, Hot Like Fire, Vanotamba Mapepa, Kuremekedza Vakuru and Toridze Hwamanda, this album can even scale to greater heights than his debut compilation Munhu Mutema.
One track that begs to be listened to over and over again on this latest offering is Vanotamba Mapepa, a laid-back song that cuts across all ages and is composed of simple lyrics that make the song fascinating.
The song speaks about the need to preserve culture and embracing intangible cultural heritage which is practically on the verge of disappearing.
Hot Like Fire, is also one of the dancehall tracks embedded with lyrics that reveal Mannex’s versatility and when it comes to adapting to both conscious and dancehall reggae.
The song could have not been better without his prowess behind the vocals giving it a dancehall touch that goes well with the message.
Mastered and produced by veteran producer Mono Mukundu, the album is set to be officially launched next month.
“I’m equally excited about how things have turned out for me and my development as an individual artist.
“Currently my outfit and band are growing from strength to strength and are doing well and I foresee bigger things to come”, added Mannex.
Mannex is not new on the local music scene. In 1999 he belted out the hit track Tsamba, then working with Bootkin Clan.
Mannex also led Transit Crew on a number of adventurers including the popular Saturday Reggae Nights held at the old The Mannenburg.
He has toured Europe on several occasions and just last year in December, he toured Slovakia, Berlin and the Czech Republic where he held several shows. Many of his fans will remember him for his stint with Transit Crew.
Through working with this fashionable reggae outfit, Mannex had the pleasure to perform at Hifa for the first time in 2007 and 2010 in yet another massive collaboration alongside Yasus Afari, the Jamaican dub-poet and Jamican artists Sizzla Kalonji and Luciano.
Last year he performed at Hifa together with Semtam, a Czech Republic group.
Mannex becomes the second artist to go solo following Mic Inity, who was first to quit Transit Crew.