HARARE – Award-winning musican Suluman Chimbetu will tonight, deliver his signature dendera style at the Book Café.
The talented musician and his band the Orchestra Dendera Kings’ concert will be their second at Harare’s leading entertainment joint. Sulu’s first show at the Book Café was in early January this year.
Suluman and the Orchestra Dendera Kings have been making waves in Zimbabwe and beyond.
He has toured South Africa, the United Kingdom and the Seychelles this year and commands a huge following wherever he performs.
The colourful and talented musician comes from a legendary music dynasty which began with The Marxist Brothers, a band formed by his late father, Simon “Chopper” Chimbetu and his brother Naison, who is also late.
Although Sulu has benefitted from the musical legacy he inherited from his father, the dendera star has definitively carved out on his own niche and has created a successful, award-winning career.
All his four albums have received critical acclaim. Sulu’s second album Reverse Deal won the Nama Award in 2009 in the Outstanding Album of the Year category. His latest album Syllabus won three Nama Awards: Outstanding Male Musician, Outstanding Album and the People’s Choice Award in February this year.
Ethnomusicologist Hector Mugani who has followed Sulu’s performances across the country says: “Sulu always has exclusive performances which are up-close and personal. He engages well with the audience to deliver a truly magical spiritual experience which is quite soulful,” he told the Daily News.
“Because of this, each show is not predictable, but definitely very exciting. He is one of the few Zimbabwean artistes who have managed to cross racial, class and social boundaries.”