Sulu, Jean take fans down memory lane

HARARE - Dendera musician Suluman Chimbetu shared the stage with rising Afro-pop artiste Jean Masters aka Sister Jean on Friday at City Sports Bar taking revellers down memory lane with old school tunes.

Sister Jean warmed the stage for Chimbetu who recently returned from a joint UK show with Oliver Mtukudzi.

The songstress belted out a number of hit songs from various musicians including Marshal Munhumumwe, Steve “Dhongi” Makoni, Ilanga, Chibadura and Mtukudzi among others.

Songs such as Ilanga’s True Love, Zvatsonyana from Makoni and Rudo Runokosha from the late Mr Chitungwiza — John Chibadura — temporarily placed the older generation that constituted the large number of revellers in the pub into the 1990s and early 2000 era.

Masters — who began her musical journey as a lead vocalist to Seasoned Band in 2010 after she completed high school — sang the old school tunes to perfection though she needs to improve on her own music.

She only performed a few of her own songs.

The 26-year-old artiste was supposed to take advantage of the huge crowd attending Chimbetu’s welcome homec party to market her own music including the little known album Misi Haifanani.

Sulu as Chimbetu is affectionately known in the music industry by his fans got on stage around 11pm and continued churning out old hits from his father (Simon)’s collection but unlike Jean, he managed to balance these with his own compositions.

Songs such as Samatenga, Nguva Iye and Ndarangarira Gamba also reminded fans of the late Simon’s glory days.
Chimbetu who joined showbiz in 2005 after serving in the Air Force of Zimbabwe for a while has proved to be equally determined to hit the top, hence keep his father’s legacy alive.

Ndomusiya Nani was Sulu’s debut project in 2007 which was followed by Reverse Deal in 2009 before Non Stop in 2010.
His latest and fifth album is titled Gunship.

The album Syllabus earned him three National Arts Merit Awards.

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