Sulu dazzles Harare

HARARE - The new dendera syllabus is out!

Dendera standard-bearer Suluman Chimbetu delivered a virtuoso launch of his fourth album, Syllabus, at Jazz 105 on Thursday night.

All the pretenders to the dendera throne-Allan, Tryson and Douglas attended the enchanting occasion .King of sungura Alick Macheso was also in attendance along with many other top Zimbabwean musicians to witness a sleek event that attracted a lot of corporate backing.

Not even the very late start of the launch and the stuffy venue could dampen the spirits of the animated revellers.

And neither could guest of honour information minister Webster Shamu’s thirty-minute plus delirious diatribe against all and sundry take the gloss off a remarkable evening.

Shamu tore into journalists for essentially telling it like it is.The ZANU PF political commissar, who appeared to forget throughout most of his speech that he was far from a political rally, particularly ripped into journalists for writing continually about what he said was a non-existent feud between Sulu and his cousin Tryson.

Tryson’s participation in his cousin’s album launch was, according to Shamu, a slap in the faces of “lying” journalists. No sooner had Shamu sat down than Sulu unwittingly proved the minster wrong.

Sulu played the song Young man in which he rebukes a brother for relating to the enemy (rega kutamba nemhandu chinun’una changu”.Given the bad blood that existed between Sulu and Tryson-which the two themselves have endlessly confirmed in the past-it will obviously require a very talented spin doctor to convince me that the song is not targeted at Tryson.

Most listeners to this song will not need too much prompting to speculate on the“enemy” referred to in the song Young Man. Could it be sungura king himself who took Tryson under his wing during the early stages of his fledgling career? Remember too that Sulu’s poaching of band members –in particular dancer Franco-from Macheso also strained relations between the two.

Ironically, on the launch night, Tryson joined his cousin on stage while he was belting out Young Man.

The album launch was a watershed in many ways. In addition to trying to mend his relations with Tryson, Sulu also made peace overtures to Macheso. The Kwedu hit-maker thanked the sungura guru for attending his album launch and pleaded for the two to hold a joint show before year end.

It remains to be seen if Macheso, who must have looked with envy as former dancer Franco put up a scintillating performance during the Syllabus launch, will warm up to the idea. - Entertainment Writer

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