Zambia-bound Sulu's grand farewell party tonight

HARARE - Amicable “divorces” are rare in the sungura music world but that is exactly what will happen tonight when Jazz 105 hosts Suluman Chimbetu’s farewell party.

Chimbetu and the Orchestra Dendera Kings are departing on a tour of Zambia tomorrow as reward for being the best band in last month’s Zimbabwe’s International Carnival.

Interestingly, dancer Franco “Slomo” Dhaka, who is joining the newly formed Orchestra Ndozvese, will be part of the Orchestra Dendera Kings.

Departures in sungura bands are usually acrimonious that is why Slomo’s exit from the Orchestra Dendera Kings which he has been part of for the past two and half years needs to be celebrated.

Orchestra Dendera Kings publicist Joe Nyamungoma says the Orchestra Dendera Kings will use the Zambian tour to further enhance their growing reputation as one of the most recognisable bands outside Zimbabwe.

“We are set to share the stage with a number of other talented artistes from different countries and we are looking forward to flying Zimbabwe’s flag high,” said Nyamungoma.

The Sean Timba hitmaker is expected to tour Zambia with 13 members of the Orchestra Dendera Kings including the nimble-footed former Orchestra Mberikwazvo dancer Slomo.

This trip is going to be the first regional assignment for Wayne “Musoro” Kembo who re-joined the Orchestra Dendera Kings last week as replacement for Slomo.

Slomo has agreed to become the lead vocalist for the newly-assembled sungura outfit Ndozvese which includes three former Orchestra Mberikwazvo members drummer Obert Gomba, guitarist Noel Nyazanda and Congolese chanter Jonas Kasamba.

The trio recently deserted sungura kingpin Alick Macheso citing poor working conditions.

Sulu’s Zambian trip is a forerunner to the Summer Festival set for the United Kingdom (UK) next week.

The multiple National Arts Merit Award (Nama) winner will share the stage at the UK festival with Zimbabwe music legend Oliver Mtukudzi and Wallace “Winky D” Chirumiko.

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