Sulu relishes Macheso match-up

HARARE - Suluman Chimbetu’s camp is excited by sungura ace Alick Macheso’s decision to be part of Sunday’s commemoration concert which will honour the award-winning artiste’s late father.

Macheso’s participation in the much-anticipated weekend show will fly in the face of the widely-held view that the sungura star and the Sean Timba singer do not see eye to eye.

Orchestra Dendera Kings publicist Joe Nyamungoma views Macheso’s gesture as proof of growing maturity in Zimbabwean music.

“We are glad to share the stage with Macheso — a musician we regard as a father figure,” said Nyamungoma.

“Macheso came into the music industry way before us. In fact, he used to share stage with the late Simon Chimbetu that is why we greatly appreciate his decision to participate in Sunday’s memorial gig.

“The development shows that we are maturing as artistes in Zimbabwe despite persistent rumours to the contrary.”

Sunday’s Simon Chimbetu commemoration gig will mark the second time the late dendera legend has been honoured since he passed away in 2005.

In keeping with the late Chimbetu’s high profile in the Zimbabwean music industry, the star-studded event will feature crowd-pullers Suluman, Jah Prayzah, Peter Moyo of Utakataka Express and gospel star Mathias Mhere.

The event will also be graced by Chimbetu siblings, daughter Saiwe, brother Allan along with his nephews Douglas and Tryson.

Partson Chimbodza of Chipaz Promotions who is organising the commemorative gig says Mhere’s participation will broaden the scope of the event.

“Mhere confirmed to us about his participation. We roped him in because we want to cater for all music tastes particularly gospel, sungura, afro-jazz and dendera,” he said.

Organisers of the event have also included Tendai Chidarikire who recently returned back to Zimbabwe for good after several years in South Africa where he performed both as a musician and actor.

Simon Chimbetu, who died at the age of 50, was buried at the Chinhoyi Provincial Heroes Acre.

The first gig held in honour of the late sungura star was held last year on August 13, in the Mashonaland West capital city.

Popular songs such as Dzandipedza Mafuta, Saina, Mwana Wedangwe, Marirangwe, Comma, Pane Asipo, Ndarangarira Gamba and Rudo Ibofu contributed in making Simon Chimbetu a Zimbabwean music legend.


Comments (4)

Simon Chimbetu was my best musician in the whole world because he songs were too original. Even 2day I play his songs whenever I am driving, at home and even in my offices . Thank you guys for honoring that legend and assisting his children in the music industry.

Nosmas - 9 August 2013

Chopper is a legend

WORREY - 9 August 2013

Simon was great and his legacy will go a long way. I only get worried when i hear stories of disunit within the Chimbetu family and I urge Allan to do his best to unit the family. I would love to see Suluman , Allan and Tryson having a joint show.

nyondo - 10 August 2013

Although I am a great fan of Dendera music, I disagree with Nasmus's assertion that "Simon Chimbetu was my best musician in the whole world because he songs were too original". Chopper's genre originates from Tanzania's kanindo genre (learnt from their time in Tanzania as freedom fighters in training. I have a lot of songs done by Tanzania's groups which were literally copied by the Chimbetus (including Sulu).

Widzo - 10 August 2013

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