LOCAL reggae star Emmanuel ‘‘Mannex’’ Motsi’s Valentine’s Day song, Diamond in the rough, has been endorsed by Mzansi Reggae, widely regarded as Africa’s leading reggae & dancehall website.
An elated Mannex, the former lead singer of Transit Crew — Zimbabwe’s
leading Reggae band said he released Diamond in the rough to mark
“I came up with the song after I was approached by Dubai-based DJ
Adrenaline Junkie who came up with an instrumental and sent it
virtually and asked me to record. I then dropped the song on February
14 and it has been doing well locally and has been endorsed by Mzansi
Reggae,” said the Reggaestra band leader.
Mannex told the Daily News that the “immediate recognition” the song
has got has encouraged him to make plans for a video.
“l am feeling great and energised because I think this the beginning
of a great movement. l am glad with the way the song has been
accepted and am now pushing for a video and releasing more
material,” said Mannex
He said he is working hard to popularise his brand of reggae which has
“My music is roots rock reggae. It brings out my identity as a
Rastafarian in Zimbabwe…my reggae incorporates local traditional
instruments and sounds,” the Mbare-born and Warren Park-bred music
As part of his efforts to make inroads on the continent, Mannex is
pursuing collaborations with African reggae artistes.
“I am working on collaborations with African reggae artists. For
example, I did a collaboration with Opoku Mensa and Dela Botri in
Ghana on the track Transformation. I actually wrote and composed the
album More Love in Zanzibar and that was an amazing journey as l had
just left Transit Crew to start my own band and it was well-received,”
Mannex began his music career as part of Bootkin Klan which topped the
local charts with Tsamba (Letter in 2003)
In 2005, Mannex broke his ties with Pied Pipers to do a solo project.
Ever the rolling stone, in 2008, Mannex was invited to join Transit
Crew as a lead singer.