Macheso, Chimbetu resume shows

HARARE - Sungura ace Alick Macheso and dendera star Suluman Chimbetu will return to the stage this weekend after a brief festive season break.

Macheso last performed in Harare at Extra Mile on New Year’s Day while Suluman’s last show was held three weeks ago.

On Friday, the Tafadzwa hit-maker will perform at Warren Park Bar in Harare where he will share the stage with Zimdancehall star Freeman.

Orchestra Mberikwazvo manager Lucky Macheso told the Daily News yesterday that the festive season break afforded the sungura star the chance to work on his forthcoming album.

“We were working on our next album which we intend to release in the first quarter of the year provided everything goes according to plan,” Macheso said.

The album which Macheso is currently working on will be his 11th. His other albums are Magariro, Vakiridzo, Simbaradzo, Zvakanaka Zvakadaro, Zvido Zvenyu Kunyanya, Vapupuri Pupurai, Ndezvashe-e, Zvinoda Kutendwa, Kwatakabva Mitunhu (Kure Kwekure) and his latest Tsoka Dzerwendo (Ayayaa) which he released last year.

The Orchestra Mberikwazvo manager has promised an explosive start to the year at Warren Park Bar this Friday.

“We promise fireworks and more fireworks,” he told the Daily News.

While Macheso will be rocking the crowd in Warren Park, Suluman will be unleashing dendera vibes a few kilometres away at Jazz 24/7 in Harare city centre.

Suluman’s publicist Joe Nyamungoma is confident that the Friday night show will set the tone for 2017.

“During the festive season break, the Orchestra Dendera Kings band was devising new strategies for the year 2017.

“Sulu being a soldier, he will never run out of strategies. We were strategising on how best we can conquer the local showbiz industry and broaden our influence across national borders. We are geared to aggressively promote our latest album Jamboree and service our fans beginning this Friday at Jazz 24/7,” Nyamungoma said.

Late last year, Suluman launched his latest album on the day of his wedding to Linda Samuriwo. But the album launch did not live up to expectations after the dendera star’s ex-wife Marigold Mutemasango stormed the event and caused a scene.

Mutemasango, who is mother to Suluman’s two children, stunned guests at the classy event who included music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi when she insisted that she was still legally married to the dendera music star under customary law.

Her fruitless efforts to stop the wedding ceremony resulted in the event, which was scheduled to start at 11am, kicking off three hours later.

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