Sulu praises First Lady?

HARARE - Suluman Chimbetu’s song Idah Nhoro’s gushing praise for people who look after orphans has fuelled speculation that it is a special dedication to the First Lady Grace Mugabe.

The song, which is off Suluman’s just-released fifth album Gunship, featured music superstar Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi.

It contains Shona and Swahili lyrics delivered by Tuku and Suluman respectively.

A well-placed source told the Daily News during the launch of Gunship at Maestro Restaurant in Harare that the song was indeed dedicated to the First Lady and that Idah Nhoro is a name of child who stays at Grace Mugabe’s children’s home in Mazowe.

“There is a child at the children’s home and when Sulu went there she was excited about meeting him. She also seemed to be one of Amai Mugabe’s favourites.

“The song is dedicated to the work she (First Lady) has been doing over the years to look after orphans,” said the source.

But in an interview with the Daily News, Suluman vehemently denied that Idah Nhoro was a Grace Mugabe praise song.

“No it is not about the First Lady. It is about everyone who looks after orphans. It is just commending them on the work they do, looking after those who can’t look after themselves,” he said.

According to information on the album cover:

“The song was done in Swahili and it celebrates the kindness of a woman who takes care of orphans.”

In the song, Sulu gives praise to a mother who takes care of an adopted daughter by the name Idah Nhoro. She treats the adopted orphan as her own kith and kin and Sulu wishes more life to the woman for the love and care she gives to a “stranger”.

The woman explains that she takes care of abandoned children some of whom “she finds dumped in rivers”.

In the song Tuku sings, “Vakakomborerwa zvavo avo vane rudo rwakadzama-dzama rwunofashukira kunze kwemisha yavo…chipo chaMwari kupihwa ziso rinowona zviri kunze kwemisha yavo….”

Sulu’s part on the song is wholly in Swahili.

Due to the Sean Timba singer’s status as a brand ambassador of Alpha Omega Dairy, a company owned by the First Family, it is easy to believe why many people believe Idah Nhoro is dedicated to Grace Mugabe.

The just-released Gunship is generally a good offering in which Tuku and Soul Jah Love add a different feel to the dendera beat.

Tuku’s guitar on Idah Nhoro effectively breaks the monotony and dominance of Suluman’s traditional beat.

Nyuchi, the song on which Soul Jah Love featured, proved to be a favourite of many during the launch of Gunship.

Other songs on the album include Phone featuring Somandla Ndebele, Musandisiye, Skero, Hondo, Chirongo, Tora Mari, Mr Bensen and an instrumental for Idah Nhoro.

Comments (6)

I think Sulu's latest music is very good. However I urge him to avoid making the mistake that cost his father a lot of fans, and that is praising politicians who are blamed by most people for the economic woes afflicting most of us. I note, however, that Sulu is cautious because he does not go too far in that regard.

amon - 1 December 2014

Gunship is one of the albums you cannot not resist. One of the best musician in Zim so far. Buy a copy and support young Sulu.

Dendera Fan #1 - 8 December 2014

I think some of us must learn to think outside the box. Tuku has been in the music fraternity for the rest of his life and he is mentoring young Sulu with all loving it but you writers are the main culprits i the world of today. You paint everything bad, you wish everyone for the worst and you are just diabolic minded. What he done to you? He just young and an orphan otherwise.

Chii-ichocho? - 9 December 2014

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