Sulu, Tryson remember Dr Nero

HARARE - News that dendera music stars and cousins Suluman and Tryson Chimbetu will perform at the April 5 gig to commemorate the late Naison Chimbetu, also popularly known as Dr Nero is a positive development  for the local showbiz.

While there have been reports within the media of the two cousins not being in good books, the commemoration, which is set for Harare Gardens, in the capital, will put paid to any such rumours as the two entertain dendera fans.

The musical will bring Zimbabweans closer to the dendera music genre as the late Naison (Tryson’s father) and Simon (Suluman’s father) were the pioneers of the ever green sound that has kept the Chimbetus shinning in the music circuit.

Naison’s death in 2009 came barely six months after the death of his brother, Simon.

As band leaders of Marxist Brothers, the duo of Simon and Naison introduced an infectious sound slanting more to local sungura and rhumba from West Africa.

During those days, they sang at clubs and hotels with the Sungura Boys, fronted by John Chibadura.

The Sungura Boys however just provided the instrumental backing, with Simon and Naison doing their own vocals.

Together, the two rose to fame as Marxist Brothers, a name that sums up their ideological orientation at the time.

The two brothers were a hit during the 80’s releasing landmark songs like Dr Nero and Nherera which gave them visibility on the Zimbabwean musical front.

After recording several albums together, the two split in 1988 with Simon forming his own band, The Orchestra Dendera Kings while Naison formed his Gee (Great) 7 Commandos.

Naison and Simon founded and defined their own sungura brand, hitting the big time as Marxist Brothers during which time they released several hit songs.

Apart from singing, Naison was a brilliant song writer, and is credited with writing some of Simon’s all-time hits like Mudzimai Wangu, Kunjere Kunjere and Sekuru Ndipeiwo Zano.

It is against this background that Naison and Simon’s legacies have to be commemorated.

I am glad that these commemorations happen annually, although separately.

This year’s Dr Nero commemoration will undoubtedly be big as Tryson and Suluman would be joined by fellow musicians that include the popular gospel couple Charles and Olivia Charamba, Alick Macheso and several others.

In agreeing to be part of this year’s commemorations for Dr Nero, the other musicians have seen it fit to celebrate Naison’s musical legacy.

While there may be comparisons on who achieved what after the duo spilt to form solo bands, it is important to revisit the achievements that the two had together.

And there are a lot of positives that came with their combination, chief among them their composing prowess and stage work.

The Dr Nero commemoration which is meant to be a family show has all the hallmarks of an exciting afternoon where the whole family can come out in the beautiful Gardens lawns, listen and dance to dendera.

And there are no better musicians to play Naison’s songs than his two sons —Tryson and Suluman.

It is everyone’s hope that they will rise to the occasion and rekindle those special moments created by their late fathers.

Zimbabweans will also be waiting patiently for this particular day which can also bring the other Chimbetus to the stage, and these include Allan, Douglas and sister Saiwe.

*Chinoperekwei is Nama Arts Promoter of the Year

Comments (4)

Biggie I am not sure about Naison and Simon having died within six months because if my memory serves me right Simon died in 2005 with Naison passing on in 2009. I stand to be corrected though.

Perfect Moyo - 26 March 2014

Biggie yu are doing a great job cuzzie, keep it up! As your former schoolmates we are very much behind your good work of promoting musicians to the good.

Titus - 27 March 2014

both died in 2005, then Briam in 2007

gabarinocheka - 28 March 2014

If my memory saves me well Simon died in 2004 and Naison 2009

step nyam - 28 March 2014

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