BY TRUST BVARANGA
THE late celebrated sungura musician and producer, Clever “Mapower” Maposa, was laid to rest yesterday (27 November) at Sakuinje in Chipinge East. Mapower died in South Africa on 19 November 2023 after a short illness.
Mapower was based in Brits in the North West province and was employed as a manager at Cash Crusaders. His funeral was attended by hundreds of people who hailed from Chipinge and South Africa.
On the eve of his burial, musicians took turns to celebrate Mapower’s life through a music gala. Artistes who performed at the gala include Jacob Moyana, Taurai Mwanyisa and Mapower’s uncle mentor and uncle, Simoyi Mhlanga.
The 43 year old Clever Maposa was popular in the Diaspora but less known back home in the arts industry. Mapower was a self taught guitarist who started music in 2004 when he was given a guitar by his musician uncle, Simoyi Mhlanga the leader of Mutserendende Movement in Chipinge town.
Mapower bought his first electric bass guitar when he went to South Africa in 2007. He assembled a band named Sungura Super Beat in 2011 and finally recorded his debut album in 2015.
In an interview with this publication in 2021, Mapower revealed that the home market has its own interests.
“I recorded my debut 5 track album titled Tokuziva mambara in 2015 which was produced at the now defunct PK July Studios in Joburg. The album propelled me to greater heights as it produced a hit.
“I later recorded five more albums namely Mdara ndevenyama, Ngezveikoko, Kupemberera kusara, Pfavira ngoma muSasko and Kusimbisa simbisa. Each album produced a hit in Gauteng and North West that North West FM’s Top Ten charts are rocked with my music.
“My live shows are fully packed and people also buy my music. Come back home including my home area of Chipinge, Mapower music is unpopular. I admit that that the Zim market has its own interests,” said Mapower.
Mapower was the owner of Macts Studios in Brits which is claimed to be one of the biggest studios around Joburg and North West.
He made headlines when he was voted the second best act out of 15 groups who battled it out at a competition organised by the late Rodger Muzawazi of the now defunct Ekhuruleni Boksburg Hotel in Johannesburg a few years ago.