'First Lady, VP regret missing Sulu wedding'

HARARE - First Lady Grace Mugabe and Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa will send their representatives to grace Suluman Chimbetu’s wedding and album launch scheduled for today in Harare.

Orchestra Dendera Kings publicist Joe “Local” Nyamungoma told the Daily News that the two high-profile guests were keen to attend the event but were tied up.

“They were willing to attend but because of commitments, they have opted to send their emissaries,” Nyamungoma said.

Chimbetu will wed Linda Samuriwo, whom he has sired two children with.

The event will also see Sulu unveiling his latest studio album Jamboree. 

The wedding ceremony is pencilled for one of the very large “wedding palaces” Zimbali Gardens in Greendale.
 Jah Prayzah will be the best man, while his wife Rufaro will be the best lady.

 “Apart from being the best man, Jah Prayzah will go on to perform at the wedding and it’s after-party gig slated for Belgravia Sports Club.

 “Some members of the bridal team include Tryson Chimbetu, Franco Slomo, Douglas Chimbetu and Tanaka Sithole, among others,” Nyamungoma said. 

Chimbetu’s eight-track album was recorded at his new studio, Cockpit.

 Contrary to general opinion that the two artistes — Sulu and Jah Prayzah do not see eye to eye — Nyamungoma said the event will demonstrate that they are real brothers.

 “We did not appoint Jah Prayzah to prove a point but we have chosen him because of this brotherly issue.

 “However, the event will also cement their relationship and silence critics.”

  In a previous interview with Chimbetu, he was happy that he has managed to carve his own brand and identity. 

“Though I am the son of Simon Chimbetu, the legend, I am glad that I have managed to distinguish my works from his and fans know me as Sulu,” he said.

 Sulu’s has a number of albums including Ndomusiya Nani (2007), Reverse Deal (2009), Non Stop (2010), Syllabus (2012) and Gunship (2014). 

He is happy that his music commanded a huge following locally and in the region. 

“It is well received in countries such as Malawi, Botswana and Mozambique among others,” he said then.