United States of America, the iconic Manyeruke pledged to go back to the stage and hold more shows.
However, it emerged that the singer has been concentrating on his farming project in his rural home of Chiundura in the Midlands Province.
Although it could not be ascertained whether he was into commercial or subsistence farming, sources close to the singer said Manyeruke was now a full-time farmer.
“He says he will be back on stage soon but now he is busy with his farming.
“We expect him to back in action around April.
“He just loves what he is doing and like music, farming is passion and hopefully he will be back in action soon,” said an impeccable source within the family.
“It also appears he has scaled down on local shows as he now prefers international tours like the one he had last year when he went to the USA, where he won an award,” added the source.
Manyeruke confirmed his sabbatical from music: “Many might wonder whether am still in the industry or not. For now I am concentrating on farming and I am not quite sure when I will be able to resume shows,” he said.
Now his late 60s and in the twilight years of his career, Manyeruke has spent more than 40 years in the music industry.
According to the National Arts Council, Manyeruke is said to have released his first single, “The Prodigal Son”, in 1976, which was a flop because gospel music was not popular those days.
However, in 1984 he released “Chirema Mutembere” which was recorded in 1970.
Later he recorded an album entitled “Zakeyo” which was a commercial success and hit the local music charts with a bang.
Mechanic, who had initially attracted attention in the early ‘70s as leader of the Gospel Singers, in 1985 formed the Puritans to back him.
He took a laid back approach, setting his soulful vocals and electric guitar to the accompaniment of a keyboard and two female vocalists.
The result was a sound that allowed his Bible tunes to soar with passion and spiritual conviction.
Craig Harris, in the All Music Guide, praised Manyeruke and the Puritans’ self-titled 1986 debut album for its “haunting beauty melodies which are unforgettable”.
Other albums, namely “Ndeyeiko Nyaya”, “Siyabonga Baba”, Varombo Pamweya” and “Mwari Ishe Wazvose” were received with warmth by the market. Mechanic’s music has won him many music fans.
His distinctive style and vocal arrangements have made him popular with the young and the old generations alike.
In 1994, Manyeruke released a new album “Ari Mandiri Jesu” which was followed by “Mabasa” in 1995.
Manyeruke’s strength lies in his ability to deliver the divine message through song.
Throughout his long and illustrious career, Manyeruke has worked with different artists, often identifying, grooming and nurturing talent, quite a number of whom are now renowned both in Zimbabwe and abroad.
His contribution to the Zimbabwean gospel music industry has few peers.
Manyeruke is father to dancehall artiste Guspy Warrior, real name Emmanuel.