GOSPEL music godfather Machanic Manyeruke (72) now has something to smile about following the decision by one of his sons, Alexander, to fill in his big shoes.
New Zimbabwe/Arts Reporter
The 33-year-old Alexander has just released his debut six-track gospel album unlike his younger brother Emmanuel — popularly known as Guspy Warrior — who settled for Zimdancehall. Guspy Warrior (25) is a self-proclaimed Rastafarian.
The album, Bukira reVhangeri, is likely to win the attention of the older die-hard Manyeruke fans as the prodigy, in many ways, sounds very much like a chip off the old block.
Songs from the album are currently enjoying extensive airplay on local radio and Alexander, a taxi driver in Harare, said he was driven to take up the microphone as a way of appreciating what their father had done.
“It is something my father had always suggested, but we all took it casually, but with time, I thought the only way we could appreciate what our father was doing was to do it,” he said, adding that the elder Manyeruke was not pushy.
Alexander, however, said he had an appreciation of his younger sibling’s choice of music, which was poles apart from gospel as it has been associated with excessive negativity.
“I have given myself time to understand him (Guspy Warrior). Maybe he thought that was where his strength is and maybe felt if he tried gospel, he might not have been successful,” he said.
Machanic Manyeruke has given his son and heir-apparent the thumbs-up as he feels his album shows great ambition.
“To me, Alexander definitely tried his best. He came to me some time back to borrow a guitar and little did I know that he intended to do something wonderful. I will safely retire one day knowing there is a child who will carry on with my legacy,” he said. — New Zimbabwe/Arts Reporter