HARARE – Secular musicians Suluman Chimbetu and Jah Prayzah will feature in the Baba Manyeruke Tribute Concert set for the Harare International Conference (HICC) this afternoon.
Ronny Chataika, son of the late Zimbabwean gospel music pioneer Jordan Chataika, has also agreed to join Zimbabwe’s gospel music community in celebrating the 71-year-old Mechanic Manyeruke’s 40-year career in music.
The organisers are also hoping that Ronny will bring along Edna and Molly Chataika who used to back his father in 1970s as part of the Highway Stars.
Shepherd Sirewu, chief executive officer of Pride Africa Network, who is part of the organising team, is excited by the interest the veteran gospel singer’s tribute concert has generated.
“I can confirm that other artistes such as Sulu have confirmed that they will grace Baba Manyeruke’s concert.
“I am promising fans to expect more fireworks as we have a lot of artistes in the pipeline who will make surprise appearances,” said Sirewu.
Sirewu told the Daily News yesterday that celebrating Baba Manyeruke’s finest moment without representation from the legendary Chataika family would take the gloss off the event.
“We have not forgotten about the Chataika family as Zimbabwe owes a lot to them for their contribution to gospel music. Remember Baba Manyeruke used to work with the Chataikas early on in their gospel music careers,” said Sirewu.
A Jaguar XF to be presented to Manyeruke by Pride Africa Network during a tribute dinner on December 19 will be displayed during today’s concert.
The tribute concert will feature artistes such as Mathias Mhere, Kudzi Nyakudya, Pastor G, Mudiwa, Thembelami, Bethen Pasinawako-Ngolomi, ZimPraise, CCAP Voice of Mbare, Amos Mahendere and Agatha Murudzwa among others.
Seunononga singer Emmanuel “Guspy Warrior” Manyeruke’s appearance in his father’s tribute concert is expected to create an exciting diversion.