Safirio “Mukadota” Madzikatire Biography | His Enduring Influence On Local Arts
Mukadota was the stage name of Safirio Madzikatire, a Zimbabwean comedian and musician who entertained millions of people with his witty and musical performances. He was best known for his role as Mukadota Baba VaRwizi in “The Mukadota Family”, a popular TV comedy series that ran from the 1980s to the early 1990s. He also recorded several hit songs, such as “KuHanyani” and “Usandisiye”, that showcased his talent and versatility.
How Mukadota Rose To Fame
Mukadota was born on April 2nd, 1932, in Tanda, a rural village in Rusape, Manicaland. His real name was Xavier Madzikatire, but it was corrupted to Safirio by his relatives. He grew up in Mbare, a high-density suburb in Harare, where he attended Chitsere Primary School. He discovered his passion for music and comedy at a young age and started performing at school events.
In 1948, he joined Kenneth and Lainah Mataka, a couple who mentored aspiring artists. Under their tutelage, he learned how to sing and play the guitar. He then embarked on a career as a travelling comedian and solo guitarist, despite the low status of musicians at the time. He worked with various music groups, such as Golden Rhythm Crooners and the Cool Four, and developed his skills in drama.
He gained recognition for his humorous and musical acts, which often featured Susan Chenjerai, also known as Mai Rwizi, and Elizabeth Taderera, aka Katarina. He formed a band with Susan in 1964 and released the hit song “Isaac Hauchandida Here” in 1967. He also started a radio program called “Mhuri YavaMakore”, which later changed to “Mhuri YaVaMukadota” in 1972. The program featured his son Elijah Madzikatire, Susan, and her daughter Patricia.
Mukadota became a regular performer at Club HideOut 99, owned by Paul Tangi Mhova Mkondo, where he attracted large crowds. However, his career took a downturn in the 1980s due to internal conflicts and the formation of the New World Band, which did not match his previous success.
Safirio Madzikatire Legacy And Death
Mukadota left a lasting legacy in the Zimbabwean arts industry. He was one of the pioneers of comedy and music in the country and influenced many generations of artists. He was also a social commentator who used his art to address various issues affecting the society. He was loved by many for his charisma and creativity.
Mukadota died in 1996 at the age of 64. He was buried at Warren Hills Cemetery in Harare.
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