Sulu, Dondo thrill fans at Mushandirapamwe

HARARE - Dendera musician Suluman Chimbetu shared the stage with rookie afro-jazz artiste Sam Dondo at a memorable concert held at Mushandirapamwe Hotel, Harare on Friday night.

Despite the fact that Dondo is still new in the industry and without an album under his name, he gave a polished act which left fans calling for more.

Dondo, a star in the making, performed songs from his debut nine-track album Zviuya which include Zviuya, Kanganwa Nhamo, Dyara Minamato and Peka Uende among others much to the delight of the partially packed hall.

The album is set to be launched on April 15, 2016 at Alexandra Sports Club in Harare.

At the album launch, Dondo will be supported by superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, sungura kingpin Alick Macheso, Chimbetu and Jah Prayzah and Winky D among others.

After mesmerising fans, the 30-year-old artiste and his Impala Subway group paved way for Dendera crooner Chimbetu who performed until the wee hours of Saturday.

Chimbetu kept fans on the dance floor with songs from his catalogue as well as from his late father, Simon.

Songs performed include Ndambarakishoni, Nyuchi, Ndarangarira Gamba and some new ones from his forthcoming album.

Orchestra Dendera Kings publicist Joe “Local” Nyamungoma told the Daily News on the sidelines of the concert that his group is happy to introduce Dondo to the showbiz.

“We have groomed a number of musicians and we are happy that they are able to stand on their own.

“As a group we feel it is our duty to groom talented artistes as this will grow and develop our music industry. We are happy that Dondo is getting better with each show,” he said.

Nyamungoma also hinted about the group’s forthcoming project.

“We are certain that our forthcoming album will comprise nothing but only hits. Fans who attend our concerts can now sing along most of the songs on the album in pipeline and this is a positive development for us as a group,” said Nyamungoma.

Dondo said “I am happy and encouraged with the reception I am receiving in the music industry — from fans, promoters and fellow artistes.

“Up to now I still find it difficult to believe that Mtukudzi, Macheso, Chimbetu and Jah Prayzah are coming to support me on my album launch.

“I grew up listening to Mtukudzi and up to now he is my hero. I feel humbled to have him on my event,” said Dondo.

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