Since he was a teenager, Manyureke's two loves have been the guitar and Christianity. In the early '70s, he formed a band called the Gospel Singers with financial backing from the Salvation Army, and found work in plentiful supply, including a gig in Soweto. Wanting both a more flexible band and the opportunity to articulate his own personal views, rather than Salvation Army ideology, Manyureke dissolved the Gospel Singers in the early '80s and formed the much smaller Puritans. As a preacher and evangelist, he could now perform for any church or denomination he wished, and was able to support himself rather well. His style has undergone several changes over the years to suit the tastes of his audience.
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