'It's now my time'

HARARE - Jazz 105 proprietor and music promoter Josh Hozheri says it is time for him to reap rewards for the investments he has made to make dendera musician Suluman Chimbetu the brand he has become.

Sulu, who scooped three National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) recently, is the man of the moment in Zimbabwe’s music industry thanks to his blockbuster album Syllabus.

Hozheri is convinced that the Sean Timba hit-maker’s current purple patch is largely due to him.

“Sulu recently said Josh huya timore huchi (Josh let us both benefit from my success) and indeed this is time for me to enjoy the benefits of my sweat,” said Hozheri to scores of fans who attended a colourful event held at Jazz 105 to celebrate Sulu’s Nama success.

“Promoting an artiste from scratch is not an easy job; it requires focus, trust, faith and a big heart”.

“I still remember when Sulu approached me for the first time pleading with me to give him a show.

“He was just commencing his music career, taking over from his late father Simon.

“Because his father was my friend I gave him a show.

“He brought a photo which we were going to use on the show poster; the manner in which he was dressed in that picture touched my soul — he was wearing his late father’s clothes,” said Hozheri.

Hozheri is glad because Sulu appreciates the role he has played in making him a distinct brand.

“Now I am glad that we are all gathered here to celebrate his success in the music industry and Sulu is now a brand.”

 Sulu has to date received more than seven accolades in his career and has dedicated his recent Nama awards to his late father and his fans.

“The Outstanding Male award I dedicate to my late father, the Outstanding Album award is also for my late father while the People’s Choice award is for people of Zimbabwe for their unending support,” said Sulu.

The Sean Timba singer added that the awards meant a lot to him.

“I am very happy to win these awards. It shows that the nation is appreciating our work especially us the sons of the musical legends,” said Chimbetu.

Orchestra Dendera Kings publicist Joe Nyamungoma told the Daily News at the same party that Sulu’s recent Nama success is pulling in the crowds to his shows. - Vasco Chaya

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