Budding musician from the Chimbetu clan, Douglas, will tonight make a maiden appearance at City Sports bar alongside his famed father Allan in a show that is likely to debut the latest Chimbetu offering to Dendera fans.
Douglas was being groomed all this time and now manager Abigail Kuleya said he is ready for the crowd.
“He was being trained all along that is why he was not appearing on posters but we now feel he is ready for a live performance. Revellers should expect fireworks tonight.”
Kuleya however, said this is not the first time that the youngster is going to be on stage as he used to perform with his father as a band member.
The manager said Douglas performed alongside his father at Pagomba night club in Kadoma during the weekend and left revellers asking for more.
She has since received a phone call from the night club in Kadoma requesting the band to come and perform during the Christmas period.
“The night club manager has called me saying revellers want us back at the place for more performances. They enjoyed Allan and Douglas so much that they want a repeat.”
Douglas prowess lies in his melodious voice that stole hearts at shows. He is also a prolific dancer.
Biggie Chinoperekwei, City Sports bar Director said he is excited to be showcasing Douglas at his joint.
“I have seen Allan’s son performing at Hollies and Glamis Stadium he is excellent. He is proficient much better than the father, he is very good. I watched him perform at Glamis and his vocals are perfect. He is also a good dancer.”
Chinoperekwei said the young man is set to go places. Douglas is also billed to perform at the same venue against Peter Moyo later this month for a show that would pit him without his father.
The Chimbetu family is synonymous with dendera music in Zimbabwe dating back to the 1980s. The music can easily be traced back to the late Simon and brother Naison Chimbetu that formed the group Marxist Brothers because of the then prevailing political ideology which had also shaped Simon’s war experience.
Together, the siblings penned songs like Dr Nero (Naison) and Nherera (Simon) which gave them visibility on the Zimbabwean musical front.
Many Zimbabweans remember Simon as a polite, well-spoken guy who always freely discussed simple issues of life with common people.
Though somewhat unlucky in his personal life, Simon was well liked by those who knew him, and they were many.
Many called him by his many stage names, among them “Mr Viscose” (before imprisonment), “Cellular”, “Simomo” or simply “Mukoma Sam.”
Many called him “Chopper,” the nom de guere he assumed when he joined the liberation war.
A younger brother who was already part of the Orchestra Dendera Kings, Allan, fronts the band today.
He has recorded a well-received album entitled Sonny. Simon’s son Suluman has taken over the band and he has become a hit.
Tryson of the Bvamrod fame is Naison’s son that is also making waves.
The Chimbetus are indeed people of song and it is still to be seen if any of them will acquire the music status of Simon who was undoubtedly the best to come out of the family.
Meanwhile, Chinoperekwei said playboy Stunner and King Shady will perform at the club tomorrow in a performance that would double as a farewell party before they leave for the United Kingdom.