Amos Mahendere Biography | Musician & Producer | Awards | Assault Case
Amos Mahendere is a renowned Zimbabwean musician and music producer who initially rose to fame as a member of the Mahendere Brothers and later pursued a successful solo career.
Amos Mahendere is part of a talented family with notable siblings, including Misheck Mahendere, Michael Mahendere, and Akim Mahendere. He also has sisters named Naume, Ruth (deceased), and Opah.
Amos Mahendere is happily married to Noliwe.
Amos Mahendere and his wife Noliwe are parents to four daughters: Lisa, Trish, Happiness (deceased), and Felicia. They also have a son named Joshua.
Mahendere resides in a spacious 15-room double-storey house situated in Unit G Extension, Chitungwiza. He funded the construction of this house by selling over 38,000 copies of his music, each priced at a dollar.
In December 2021, Amos Mahendere received Pastoral Ministry and Counseling certificates, showcasing his commitment to personal and professional growth.
Career as a Musician
Amos Mahendere gained prominence as part of the Mahendere Brothers, a highly talented family musical group. Their debut album “Hupenyu Hwepanyika” propelled them to fame during the 1990s. In 2020, he released the single “Rudimbwa” and an album titled “Serendipity,” marking his successful solo career.
Career as a Producer
Amos Mahendere’s contributions extend beyond his role as a musician. He played a crucial role in the formation and production of the Mbare Chimurenga Choir and was involved in the creation of the Born Free Crew.
His journey as a music producer began in 2002 when he collaborated on the creation of the Score Warriors jingle, written by Professor Jonathan Moyo. Mahendere’s production expertise was also evident in his work with artists like Kudzi Nyakudya on the song “Gadziriro” and Fungisai Zvakavapano.
Furthermore, he lent his production skills to various jingles, including “Bearers Cheque,” “Rambai Makashinga” by Tambaoga, “Zesa Yauya Zvine Power,” and other jingles associated with Zanu-PF.
Amos Mahendere’s contributions to the music industry have earned him several accolades. He received the NAMA (National Arts Merit Awards) for Best Video in 2006, the Zimpraise Legacy Award in 2012, the Best Indigenous Group award, and a Permican at UFIC.
In an unfortunate incident, on August 1, 2012, Amos Mahendere faced legal repercussions for pointing a firearm at a commuter omnibus driver. He was sentenced to 210 hours of community service and fined US$100 for assaulting the driver.
Mahendere’s co-accused, Washington Tapfumaneyi and Moses Chonse, were also fined US$100 each for their involvement in the assault.
Mahendere was found guilty by Chitungwiza magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa following a trial that commenced in May 2012. The magistrate imposed an eight-month jail sentence but suspended two months for Mahendere to complete 210 hours of unpaid community service.
Over a span of six weeks, Mahendere fulfilled his community service at Makoni District Development Fund.
The incident transpired on May 13, 2012, in Unit G Extension, where Chonse, Tapfumaneyi, and the conductor boarded Nyika’s kombi. A dispute over the radio volume escalated into a heated argument, leading to Chonse and Tapfumaneyi exiting the vehicle along with the conductor.
Amidst harsh words exchanged, Nyika intervened, but Chonse and Tapfumaneyi misconstrued his actions as aggressive. Tapfumaneyi restrained Nyika, and Chonse physically assaulted him. Amos Mahendere arrived at the scene with a pistol, pointing it at Nyika’s chest and subsequently striking him with the gun’s butt.
Following the assault, Mahendere compelled Nyika into the kombi, removed the keys from the ignition, and delivered another blow to his face.
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