Chimbetus invade Matabeleland

BULAWAYO - It looks like Matabeleland has suddenly developed some alluring power which the Chimbetus are also finding hard to resist.

Both Suluman Chimbetu and his uncle Allan have lined up shows in Matabeleland this weekend. Sulu, who scooped three National Arts Merit Award (Nama) gongs in February this year, began his tour of the province yesterday with a concert in Plumtree at Kombami Lodges.

The Sean Timba singer will wind up his tour of the province today with a performance at Drive Inn in Esigodini. Allan, who until recently was part of Sulu’s Orchestra Dendera Kings, has also found it difficult to resist the lure of Matabeleland.

Backed by his Orchestra Dendera Kings (Central Committee), the Dendera musician will rock Waverly Hotel in Bulawayo tonight.

Suluman’s publicist Joe Nyamungoma says the two Matabeleland concerts will provide opportunities to win new fans.

“We are promising splendid performances. Despite the departure of two former band members Allan and Slomo, the band will deliver our usually very high standards,” said yesterday.

Sulu’s tour of Matabeleland is part of a build-up to two commemoration shows for the late singer’s father set for August in Harare and Chinhoyi.

The memorial showcases for Simon Chimbetu will run under the theme “Celebrating the Life of a Hero and Music Icon.”

Abigail Kaleya, who manages Allan’s affairs, is equally excited by her artiste’s return to the City of Kings.

“We have not been to Bulawayo in a long time, that is why we have decided to come and perform a memorable concert for our fans once again,” said Kaleya.

“We are promising our fans fireworks and we will play till late in the morning and they won’t be disappointed.” Kaleya added that the Bulawayo showcase is part of Allan’s countrywide tour in which he hopes to demonstrate that he is still a force to reckon with.

The Sony singer, who is expected to release his fourth album soon, was the subject of public chatter in May last year when he joined Suluman, leaving his backing group under the stewardship of his son Douglas.

Allan, whose discography includes Sony, Professor and Simukai, has scaled up live shows in different parts of the country including at MDC rallies.

Interestingly, the Professor hit-maker’s nephew Sulu has become a common feature at Zanu PF rallies.

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