I am jack of all trades: Allan Chimbetu

HARARE - Veteran dendera artiste Allan Chimbetu says the recent launch of his latest album Covenant does not signal his return to music on a fulltime basis.

The young brother of late music legend Simon Chimbetu has in the past dabbled into gold panning and the repairing of mobile phones among other supplementary businesses.

“I am jack of all trades. People should understand that a man cannot not survive on one project in this difficult economic environment. I am different from others who put eggs in one basket,” said Chimbetu.

The eldest in the famous Chimbetu music dynasty that also includes Douglas and Suluman Chimbetu, however, insists that he will never quit music despite the fact that it is no longer putting bread on his table.

“Even if war happens to break out, people might be shocked to see me at the forefront fighting as a soldier — that is my character.

“Even though I will get involved in various income-generating projects from time to time, I will never relinquish music,” said Sony hit-maker.

Chimbetu is confident that Covenant will propel him back into the limelight and demonstrate to his detractors that he has what it takes to compete with the country’s best musicians.

“It is a great album; one of the best that has been produced in recent years on the local scene. I have a lot of confidence in the album and I am glad that it has received an overwhelming response on the market,” he told the Daily News on Sunday.

Despite his lack of consistency, Chimbetu remains one of the few respected music veterans on the local music scene.

The Sony hit-maker began his musical career as a guitarist in the Orchestra Dendera Kings led by his late brother Simon before carving his own music career after the death of the Dzandipedza Mafuta singer in 2005.

After Simon’s death, Allan took over the control of Orchestra Dendera Kings but later parted ways with his nephew Suluman Chimbetu and his son Douglas who were unhappy with the quality of his leadership.

Despite his often rocky relationship with Suluman and Douglas, Allan insists that he is a bona fide father figure of the Chimbetu music dynasty.

“All is now fine and well. We are all managing to survive through music as a family and we cannot complain,” said Chimbetu whose other albums are Simukai, Professor and Sony.

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