Dendera music maestro Sulumani Chimbetu is launching his third album, Non Stop, at Jazz 105 this evening.
Sulu, as he is fondly known, by his legion of fans, joins Alick Macheso and Tongai Moyo in the sungura race, in what will be the young man’s litmus test.
Many dismiss the Orchestra Dendera Kings frontman as a small fish, a pale shadow of his late father, Simon Chimbetu, but the young artiste has improved immensely since his debut award-winning release, Ndomusiya Nani, a few years ago.
Sulu’s new songs have become hits at his popular live shows, but it remains to be seen if it will be his turning point as he featured Oliver Mtukudzi and Phillip Svosve on the new eight-track CD album.
He will also be launching the video for one of the songs, Dzamutsana, a song that is expected to be one of the favourites on the album.
At the same ceremony, Chibetu will also be launching his website, www.kwasulu.com, and a clothing line.
The dendera music frontman says he had initially planned to work with Sam Mtukudzi on the album before the March 15 tragic accident that claimed the latter’s life.
“I initially intended to work with Sam on this project but it is unfortunate that his time came before we got into the studio. However, I said to myself I would not let the plans that we had already made just fade, I just could not let go,” said Sulu.
Just like his previous albums he has some dance tracks and original dendera beats popular with Chopper fans.