Macheso stars at Sulu bash

HARARE - Sungura ace Alick Macheso teamed up with several leading Zimbabwean musicians on Tuesday night to perform songs by the late Simon “Chopper” Chimbetu during Suluman Chimbetu’s 32nd birthday celebrations at the Book Café.

Macheso sent fans into ecstasy with a rendition of the late Simon Chimbetu’s Rokwe Remavara before belting out an impromptu song in which he congratulated Sulu for attaining 32 years.

As the sungura kingpin was doing the improvised song, he was joined on stage by controversial dancers Beverly “Bev” Sibanda, Selemani “Majuice” Mpochi, Marabi singer Kireni Zulu, Bob Nyabinde, Somandla Ndebele and Jah Prayzah.

Despite Macheso’s raging marital battles with Tafadzwa Mapako, the sungura star appeared to be in a very jovial mood. He surprised the packed Book Café with a dancehall cameo that was accompanied by Hear me now chant popularised by Shinsoman.

With Suluman’s uncle, Allan Chimbetu, not in attendance, Macheso stood in for the birthday boy’s father on the night.

Before The Tafadzwa hit-maker’s performance of Chopper’s Rokwe Remavara, the stage had been ably warmed by female bassist and vocalist Edith WeUtonga who sang the late Simon Chimbetu’s old hits Chauta and Magobo.

The other artistes who did renditions of the late Simon Chimbetu’s songs were Pah Chihera who sang Rudo Ibofu, Cindy Munyavi who did One Way and Prince Musarurwa who weighed in with Saina.

In the absence of Allan Chimbetu and Tryson Chimbetu, Douglas Chimbetu was the only artiste from the Chimbetu clan who attended Sulu’s special night, which was graced by businessman Philip Chiyangwa, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority boss Karikoga Kaseke, several Members of Parliament and music promoters.

Douglas played several songs by the late Chopper with the backing of Suluman’s Orchestra Dendera Kings and was joined on stage on one song by Macheso on bass guitar and Chikwata 263’s Thomas Brickhill on lead guitar.

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