Tryson to blame: Chipaz

HARARE - Music promoter Partson Chimbodza says Tryson Chimbetu’s failure to perform at his uncle Simon “Chopper” Chimbetu’s commemoration bash in the Harare Gardens last Sunday was entirely the young dendera star’s fault.

Many fans were left stunned when Tryson, who was at the venue with his backing band, failed to make it to the stage.

While Douglas, Allan and Suluman got the chance to serenade the bumper crowd along with Jah Prayzah, Alick Macheso, Peter Moyo and Bv Labien, a diffident Tryson could only watch from the sidelines.

“I do not understand why the organisers denied me the chance to perform here. I suspect they are trying to sabotage me,” the Ndondo singer told the Daily News during the well-attended memorial event.

But Chimbodza of Chipaz Promotions who organised Chopper’s memorial has laid the blame squarely on Tryson.

“He took long to confirm his participation hence he failed to make it on the memorial show’s poster,” said Chimbodza.

“We had ruled him out of the programme because his financial demands for him to participate in the show were unreasonably too high. We were surprised when he turned up with his full band on the day of the occasion.”

The reigning National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) promoter of the year told the Daily News that Tryson had made life of the organisers very difficult.

“From the beginning we were running against time because the just-ended elections had consumed most of the preparations time so I expected all artistes to be cooperative.

“Tryson continually dragged his feet so we were left with no option but to deal with those who were keen to participate,” said Chimbodza.

Tryson’s failure to perform at Chopper’s memorial bash will once again bring back the glare on the bumpy relationship between him and his cousin Suluman. Last year Tryson snubbed the first edition of Simon Chimbetu’s commemoration gig held in Chinhoyi.

Earlier this year Suluman left the stage in a huff at the Dr Nero Commemoration Gig held in honour of Tryson’s late father Naison Chimbetu.

Away from the recurrent Chimbetu squabbles, Chopper’s memorial show was a fitting honour for a man who made dendera music one of the most popularly followed genres in the country.

The late Chopper must have looked with pride when Suluman, Douglas, Allan and a subdued Tryson jointly sang Allan’s Jefferson.

Meanwhile, Alick Macheso shrugged off rumours of his decline as a musical force, the Tafadzwa singer used the show to prove his doubters wrong. He sampled some of his new songs such as Bhora off his forthcoming album expected to be released next month.

Comments (5)

why all this , these guys must unite as afamily

Knox G M - 15 August 2013

these chimbetu's shld rise above personal issues and not be parted by these promoters ana Chipaz

jim - 16 August 2013

Kindly focus your attention away from these guys for a while, otherwise they won't have the chance to reconcile if we insist on meddling in their family feuds. In my view, the media and some partners in this entertainment business are just going overboard in stirring these unnecessary misunderstandings. These guys are family and i strongly believe they can solve their problems without third party involvement. They also should not behave like kids whose actions are easily influenced by "who is watching, who is listening", etc. Shame those who enjoy seeing you engaging in daily fights.

Gudo - 16 August 2013

Chipaz is the problem.He is separating these guys.Chimbetus you are one.Chipaz is a promoter and you are family.

Musami - 16 August 2013

communication is the key.The Chimbetus are brothers who should talk to each other, brother to brother.Promoters are there for buck, Period !

MHOFU - 23 August 2013

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