Tryson feels heat from fans

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Sungura musician Tryson Chimbetu has admitted that he is under pressure from his fans to release an album, but has said he will not be rushed as he wants to perfect his work before it can be released on the market.

BY WINSTONE ANTONIO

He has, however, called on his fans to be patient as the album, currently under production, is set to be released later this year.

Tryson’s manager Shepherd Machakanja told NewsDay that demand for the new material was high, but they did not want to shortchange fans by releasing half-baked material.

“Our dendera fans should give us time to polish this forthcoming album. It is not only our local fans who are calling for new material, but even those in neighbouring countries like South Africa and Botswana are singing the same hymn,” Machakanja said.

“We are finalising some of the songs and we are confident we have put enough effort to give our fans an excellent product.”

He added that as the Marxist Brothers camp, they were happy with their fans’ response to the new songs occasionally sampled at their live shows and they would continue sampling some of the songs to be featured on the album.

Tryson, son of the late Naison Chimbetu, has four albums under his sleeve — Bvamuroad, Marxist Revival, Nguva yaChimbetu and Compass.

A gifted singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, Tryson hogged the limelight in 2008 after launching his debut album Marxist Revival.

The Tsoro Mbiri singer has been hustling for years in an effort to build his name, starting off as a mere curtain-raising act for the likes of sungura ace Alick Macheso and other renowned musicians.

He has collaborated with music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi on the song Pahotera and sungura musician Peter Moyo on the track Bhora Mberi, off his fourth album Compass.

The musician has become a force to reckon with in the cut-throat industry that has seen him frequently performing at Transvaal Hotel in Boksburg, South Africa.

Some fans have said he lacks the charisma of his debonair cousin Sulumani, son of the late Simon “Chopper” Chimbetu, in terms of compositions and singing.