Warren was born in Salisbury (Harare) in 1964 to Norman and Valerie Mandy. At the age of 10 he showed an interest in playing guitar and took lessons with Iris Jones in Greendale. He received instruction from Iris for 4 years and continued to play guitar when he progressed to high school at Churchill. Whilst at Churchill he took over as the tutor of the school’s guitar club. During this time he had
also started to play at the Assemblies of God church in McChlery Avenue in their praise and worship band. In addition to this, he would perform at “The Cockpit” at the Kamfinsa hotel, as well as at the Red Fox hotel. Apart from these commitments, Warren engaged in charity work for the children’s homes in Harare.
In 1986 he left Zimbabwe and relocated to Scotland where he continued to play in church activities, as well as pubs in and around the Angus area. He also performed in pubs in the towns of Montrose, Brechin and Arbroath. After a time in Scotland Warren was on the move again, this time to Crawley in England, close to Gatwick airport. He continued to gig on the local pub scene as well as at gatherings of the Rhodesian community. At these events he played, not only on guitar, but on bagpipes, too.
It was during this time that Warren met Martin Smith who, at one time, worked with, and played bass guitar, for the Electric Light Orchestra. He also met Scott Morgan, also of the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). Martin imparted wonderful knowledge to Warren and he had the pleasure of being recorded by Martin at his studios in East Grinstead. These recordings may be viewed on YouTube. Warren also recorded some piping music of Rhodesian tunes, as well as some of his own piping compositions.
One of his notable pieces are the bagpipes on John Edmond’s “The Whistling Troopie” tune. John uses this version of the pipes at his live gigs and has incorporated them on his CDs. Warren has also recorded Clem Tholet’s, “Rhodesians Never Die”, on the pipes and played them on former Zimbabwean cricketer, Henry Olonga’s recording entitled, “Our Zimbabwe”.
Today Warren lives in Brackenfell in Cape Town and plays at various local music venues, including Plebs in Woodstock. Over and above his music activities, he manages the popular Rhodesia Herald group on Facebook.