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Manyowa hits hard times in Limpopo

By Blessed Katiyo

He used to light up television screens in the early 80s into the 90s as chief dancer for John Chibadura’s Tembo Brothers. He was a much-loved character at live shows and had followers of his own.

John Chibadura (left) and dancer, Bata “Manyowa” Sinoio
John Chibadura (left) and dancer, Bata “Manyowa” Sinoio

Chibadura’s rise to fame was partly due to the crowd-pulling abilities of this man.

Sadly, he now survives on the generosity of the Thohoyandou community in Limpopo who throw coins at him as he dances in the streets to earn a living.

He is a far cry from the man who toured Europe and the African continent at the pinnacle of his career.

Bata “Manyowa” Sintirawo is in a sorry state.

This reporter bumped into him at a fast food outlet on Saturday night during the Royal Heritage Festival in Venda. He said his name was Smeya White and he comes from Mozambique.

He was speaking in English and when he realised he had been unmasked he confirmed indeed he was Manyowa.

“Ah mwana wekumusha wandiziva sei? Ndakazvarirwa kuTanzania ndikazokurira kuZimbabwe,” he said with some sense of shock and disbelief. He was putting on an old pair of dirty jeans whose zipper was non-functional. He had a discoloured checked shirt with some buttons missing and seemed not to have been washed in days, if not weeks. He wore a pair of oversized “safety shoes” but he didn’t looked bothered. He reeked of alcohol.

“Ndichiri kutamba zvandaingoita kudhara. Mese muno muVenda vanondiziva, dai wafamba neni masikati waona,” he said as he waved to one Indian man who was in the queue to buy food. He then did an unannounced sample of the late Michael Jackson’s moonwalk dance, much to the surprise and joy of customers in the KFC outlet.

“Ndini ndakatanga ne break dance. Mazuva ano ndaakurova dzese manje. Fanike house ndiyo yandiri number one. Ana gwara gwara ndotamba zvekuti,” he remains defiant despite his greying hair.

“Ndakamboda kuita zvemusic but haa zvinonetsa. Ndakamboshanda naJonah Moyo arimowo muno muThohoyandou maari kutengesa maCD. NaMitchell Jambo futi ndaimboshanda naye,” he volunteered information regarding his old mates in the music industry who are also based in the same town.

“I know this old man he is a very good dancer. He dances everywhere anytime and people just give him whatever money they have. He normally dances in the streets,” said the Indian man named Yusuf.

Manyowa indicated he has been living in South Africa since 2004, almost 5 years after the death of Chibadura. Some sources revealed he once worked as a gardener at a braaing place in Thohoyandou where he would double up as an entertainer as well. He indicated he is not going anywhere anytime soon as he is “living well”.

Despite his rugged look one can’t help but appreciate the passion and burning flame that is still within the heart of this ageing man. After a few selfies he then asked me for my mobile number which he immediately buzzed from his “mbudzi” phone. We then parted ways.

It may be a cry for help to revive the fortunes of this legendary dancer. H Metro

  • naDzungu.

    Shame sterek.

  • Best of luck to him. Hope he sees better days. Praying for his situation to improve

  • Where is manyowa te dancer

  • is this true coz de man was staying in zim by 2007 i saw him and he was dancing at moonlight night club in mabvuku

    • We are in 2017 now calculate how many years are there from 2007

    • this is a big lie.this guy i used to see him 2013 pamakoni achimbo feature muka live band kamwe kaband kaive resident band pakabhawa kari pamakoni.usanyeba reporter

    • Its a lie, where is the selfies he took? Why did he post a picture yekare kare?

    • It’s a blue lie, Manyowa is in Harare, he is a commissioner of oaths in Chinhoyi street between Nelson Mandela and Sam Munjoma. Go there you will see him, he certified my documents in January this year,he stays in whiteCliff. Whoever this guy saw is an imposter.

  • this is not truemanyowa has converted to the african apostolic. and he stays in marondera.

  • this is not truemanyowa has converted to the african apostolic. and he stays in marondera.

  • this is not truemanyowa has converted to the african apostolic. and he stays in marondera.

  • this is not truemanyowa has converted to the african apostolic. and he stays in marondera.

  • I dnt thnk ths is Manyowa we used to know ange asiya zvese izvi atendeuka

  • I dnt thnk ths is Manyowa we used to know ange asiya zvese izvi atendeuka

  • If u shot some few selfies with him why then dd u upload such an old pic yake anaJohn Chibadura

    • Iwe pic haina kana basa,unoverenga pic hre kana kti nyaya,usanyepera kuzungaira mhani nxaaa

    • Akazungaira ndimoms vako,picture yakamboverengwa kupi?unenge mwana wemusanganiswa iwe.Whats the purpose yekutiudza kuti ndasangana nemunhu vajatorwa mapicture but woisa pic rakare

    • I was also wondering the same thing, a picture tells a thousand words, something Innocent Chimwoyo doesn’t seem to know. I don’t think this reporter even met with manyowa he just heard he is in SA.

    • where is the picture???Journalism yakadhakwa iyi.wakangonzwa vanhu vachitaura ukati paita nyaya apa.

  • If u shot some few selfies with him why then dd u upload such an old pic yake anaJohn Chibadura

  • this article yanyorwa nemunhu achiri kudzidza cause your second paragraph from bottom yaita kuti ndifunge ukutaura zvekunyepa.

  • this article yanyorwa nemunhu achiri kudzidza cause your second paragraph from bottom yaita kuti ndifunge ukutaura zvekunyepa.

  • the original owner of borrodale dance. called chibhasikoro

  • the original owner of borrodale dance. called chibhasikoro

  • Manyowa is now a member of the African,Apostolic Church led by Paul Mwazha of Africa

  • Very sad indeed and its true…..i drank with him last year in Thoyohandou and we spoke at length about his past……..

  • Panodonha vana Didymus Mutasa former finance minister kuzoti vana Manyowa vanopona

  • He is a dancing legend.

  • Saka toziva zvipi vamwe varikuti ave mupostori weku africa kwa mwazha mumwe oti ndakamwa naye last year. . Hatisi vanha vadiki musatinuepere #Nxaaa

  • Age is a factor everything has time

  • Andigonera

  • Muchati Bhuu

    Where are the selfies?…blundering reporter….

  • munyengeri wanyeba its bad but why ???

  • They were a strong entertainment group. I was amazed with Roderick Chomudhara aka Manyowa’s footwork. It would have been thrilling to watch him dance with Slomo.

    • Roderick Chemudhara haasi Manyowa

    • Roderick Chemudhara haasi Manyowa

    • Correct me please. Was Roderick Chemudhara not a dancer in John Chibadura’s group. What is Manyowa’ s real name? Thank you for the correction

    • Correct me please. Was Roderick Chemudhara not a dancer in John Chibadura’s group. What is Manyowa’ s real name? Thank you for the correction

    • Roderick haasi manyuwa

  • Kwangosara sign post ‘Beware of dogs imbwa dzakafa’Ndozvinoita kalife just the same as the brother of Lionel Messi …Paradzai Njerama Messi

  • uth maitano

    Sorry manyowa things started kudhakwa pakafa mukadzi wake helena

  • mari haidiwi kudya kunge unopenga

  • No. I have not hit hard times 😆

    • I thought of you when I read this article. Ndobva ndazoti but haàa ichi chanana ichi

    • I thought of you when I read this article. Ndobva ndazoti but haàa ichi chanana ichi

  • Where are his recent pics

  • Hamheno zvake

  • Zvinogona kuita because akatombogara beit bridge achitsvaga nzira dzekuyambuka nadzo chokwadi zvangazvisina kumira mushe

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