Stella Manatsa described as a supportive wife to her late husband

Stella Manatsa described as a supportive wife to her late husband*

By Patience Nyagato

WIFE to the late music legend Zexie Manatsa, Stella who was buried at the Warren Hills Cemetery in Harare this Friday has been described as a supportive wife to her late husband.

Stella who died in her sleep on Tuesday, only seven months after the death of her husband, has been saluted for her immense contribution to her husband’s musical career and gospel ministry.

Her Son Tendai saluted his mother for standing by her husband through thick and thin.

“When father has an accident in the late 80s, he had amnesia and mom was there and had to teach him everything,” said Tendai.

“Because he had lost his memory she was there with him every step of the way, in church, they grew together and would sing together. My parents took care of a lot of people and even mentored a lot of artists.”

Music producer Clive Mukundu narrated how the late Stella and her husband contributed to the development of the country’s music industry as first-generation musicians.

“She was very supportive of her husband’s career. Sometimes she would be his backing vocalist, especially on live shows, although most of the time she supported him from behind the scenes. One thing I liked about her is she remembered everything in her husband’s career and was very supportive and would always remind her husband of all the little details,” he said.

The couple, which later turned to Gospel ministry is famed for their wedding which attracted a capacity crowd at Rufaro Stadium in August 1979.

The late Stella Manatsa is survived by six children and 14 grandchildren.