IT has not been all rosy on the showbiz front in the past month with several shows flopping.
Small bands recorded the lowest turnouts with Tryson Chimbetu potentially registering his name in the Guinness Book of Records for a show that failed to attract a single reveller.
Bigger bands have also suffered with numbers declining and that meant a decrease in income as most of them survive on gate takings.
For June and July, it could be forgivable, however, with the Fifa World Cup that took all the attention and, of course, the winter spell.
But with the World Cup gone and winter in its twilight very few excuses remain for flops.
Yet still, the fact remains that when a band flops it may simply point in one direction and that is irretrievably waning fortunes of that particular band.
Several factors have been cited, like over concentration in bigger cities like Harare resulting in saturation and of course lake of new content.
In a move that is most likely to be viewed as a way of avoiding such disappointments, two of Zimbabwe’s biggest artistes have joined forces.
Sulumani Chimbetu and Alick Macheso, whose bitter relationship came to an end when the latter was going through his nasty divorce from second wife Fortunate Tafadzwa Mapako, will be performing on the same stage tonight, tomorrow and Sunday.
Tonight they taker to New Life Nite Club in Budiriro where they have both enjoyed good outings.
Tomorrow they travel to Mashonaland West for a show at CSC before rounding off at Mega 1 with a family show on Sunday.
Sulu’s publicist yesterday said their union with Macheso was merely cushioning revellers.
“Other than the cold and soccer, there is also an important fact that people do not have money,” said Nyamungoma.
“We all hear the stories about the economy struggling and the liquidity crunch and we thought it was wise that for once we offer a gift for the people who put us where we are.
“For the same fee of $5 that one would pay to watch Sulu perform or Macheso, they can now watch both. And that means they will have saved.
“These are difficult times and we really have to adjust.”
Proprietor of New Life Nite Club Fidelis Ngove said the show was welcome in light of the liquidity crunch.
“I think it is very important to plan shows taking into consideration economic pointers. By all standards an artiste loses respect whenever he performs in an empty venue and what Macheso and Sulu have done is commendable,” said Ngove.