Problem Masau Arts Correspondent
Dendera singer Suluman Chimbetu is set to star at Zimbabwe Defence Forces Day commemorations that take place at the National Sports Stadium tomorrow. The dendera crooner will serenade thousands of Zimbabweans who are expected to throng the venue with his hit songs such as “Sean Timba”, “Njiva” and “Kwedu” among others.
He is also expected to sing some of his late father’s hits.
“Sulu”, as his fans call him, has become a permanent feature at national events.
He has performed at national galas and represented the country in different countries courtesy of Zimbabwe Tourism Authority.
Last year Alick Macheso performed at the same event. Macheso became the toast of the day when he shed tears when he was given a handshake by President Mugabe.
Macheso was quoted saying: “I am honoured to shake hands with the President. I used to hear of him when I started my career as a musician. I never dreamt of meeting him, let alone shaking hands with him. Today is my greatest day. I am very humbled.”
“These are tears of joy. I would like to thank my fans who have kept on supporting me leading to this great day,”
This year all attention will be on Sulu.
Without a doubt there is no way he will leave the stage before playing the hit “Sean Timba”. The song which he says is about piracy though critics think otherwise, has endeared him to both the young and old.
“Sean Timba” features Jah Prayzah and it is one of the hit songs for 2013. He has travelled across the region holding successful shows, and is now ranked among the top five musicians in the country.
The youthful artiste is also tipped to be leading the pack of contenders for the Artiste of the Year award.
Suluman, who initially kicked off his career riding on his father’s name, has carved a brand of his own and established himself as an artiste worth his salt.
With four albums to date, Sulu is proving to all and sundry that he is not a one-hit wonder.
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