Turning thirty was not only a blessing for the dendera musician Sulumani Chimbetu, but to the community he has decided to come back to.
The Chegutu-born musician has decided to extend his helping hand by assisting a number of people both from his roots in Chegutu and other parts of the country.
Chimbetu is assisting Help Age Zimbabwe, an organisation that helps old people in different parts of the country.
“I have the passion to assist old people and by so doing I have decided to work with Help Age Zimbabwe giving them assistance in both cash and kind though I can’t reveal the figures,” said Sulu.
Back to his roots, Sulu is nurturing football talent through donating football kits to schools and some individuals like James Shaibu who plays for Chegutu Pirates.
“I have come to understand that there is a lot of talent lying idol in different communities so I want to try and make these talented individuals make use of their talent and earn a living,” said Sulu
“I am a footballer myself, so I have decided to help those who are playing football by donating to some schools in Chegutu
Sulu is also paying school fees for 10 students five of them from Chegutu Primary School and five from Marlborough High School in Harare.
“Here are some of the receipts of the students I am paying fees for but don’t make them public because I pledged to support them behind the scenes,”he said.
He says he learnt all this from his father Simon Chimbetu whom he described as a man who had his community at heart.
“I can say these were some of the things my father told us to do. He always said ‘You don’t have to enjoy receiving cheers of applause when you get into the public only but you have to plough back into that community’”.
He has also assisted fellow musicians like Sister Jean and has hosted fundraising musical shows for schools including David Livingstone for the construction of a science block.
He said if all goes well he wishes to establish Dendera Centre which will be an arts centre teaching people more about dendera music.