Tryson Chimbetu goes it alone

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After a series of shows as supporting artist to other musicians, Tryson Chimbetu will Friday wean himself from the second-fiddle position when he performs as the main act at Club Warehouse in Chitungwiza.

He will be supported by Chitungwiza-based sungura musician Wellington Mushangwe of the Tinosvika Chete fame.

The show will see Tryson testing waters at a venue that has hosted big names like Alick Macheso, Tongai Moyo and Sulumani Chimbetu.

Tryson is the only son of the late dendera musician Naison, who was popularly known as Doctor Nero.

Over the past couple of months the young musician had been backing Macheso and they have toured various parts of the country together.

The exposure should have given him good experience and confidence to go it alone. Before his deal with Macheso, Tryson used to perform together with kanindo musician Moses Rwizi on most shows.

But on Friday the dendera musician will have a rough estimate of the attention and fan base that he has built as a supporting act.

Recently he gave the nation a hint of his performance level when he featured at President Mugabe’s birthday bash at the National Sports Stadium.

After this major trial, Tryson returns to support Macheso at a show on Sunday at the Harare Gardens.

The musician said tomorrow’s show would be a yardstick of his success since taking over his father’s profession about four years ago.

“We are hoping that our fans will support us. This will be a big assignment considering the names that have preceded us at the venue.

“Club Warehouse is a big venue and we are promising our fans that we will rock it just as other musicians have done,” said Tryson.

A spokesperson for Club Warehouse, which began hosting public shows last year, said the venue had attracted unexpected numbers at most gigs.

“It is a very big place and we have managed to host big musicians. The attendance has always been amazing and I think Tryson will also have his good share of fans at the show,” said the spokesperson.

Tryson is a part of the second generation of Chimbetus, which is pursuing dendera music that was pioneered by Simon and Naison about four decades ago.