Remembering a music hero

Suluman Chimbetu thrills audience at Dandaro Inn. Inset: The late Simon “Chopper” Chimbetu

Suluman Chimbetu thrills audience at Dandaro Inn. Inset: The late Simon “Chopper” Chimbetu

Tawanda Marwizi Arts Correspondent
Commemorations of the late musician Simon Chimbetu started well on Friday with his son Suluman sharing stage with Soul Jah Love at Dandaro Inn.
Soul Jah Love was the first to take the stage and the musician belted out most of his hits.
His songs “Ndini Uya Uya,” “Handichabatika”, “Handivasiye Vane Nyota” and his controversial song “Gumkum” became popular with crowds.
Although Soul Jah Love was in high spirits on that night, the musician’s backing band Conquering Lion left a lot to be desired as they failed to please fans with their stage work.

Chimbetu went on stage at around midnight, much to the delight of the fans.
The musician sampled some of his songs from his upcoming album that will be released in October.

Thereafter, the dendera star took fans down memory lane as he played some of his father’s popular hits.
“Gamba” was one song that reminded fans of the good old days of the late dendera master Simon.

Songs like “Chauta”, “One Way” and “Zimbabwe” also made a mark during the night.
Chimbetu’s publicist Joe Nyamungoma said the show marked the beginning of many events lined up this month to celebrate the life and works of Simon.

“A number of musicians from the Chimbetu family that did not come tonight will be invited to the main event that will be held in Harare.
“We have many other events and shows to be held throughout the country this month. We want to make the ceremonies bigger this year,” said Nyamungoma.

Chimbetu died on August 14, 2005 and was buried at Mashonaland West Provincial Heroes’ acre in Chinhoyi.
Suluman and his Orchestra Dendera Kings head to Mutare on August 8 where he will stage a commemorative show at Pick ‘n’ Save.

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