DENDERA ace Sulumani Chimbetu and his sungura counterpart Somandla “Mafia” Ndebele brought business to a stand still at Mereki Shopping Centre in Warren Park, Harare, on Monday evening when they were spotted at the popular spot.
BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
The duo arrived at the open air barbeque centre where they enjoyed their meat and drinks for well over an hour in a seemingly discreet dark hidden corner at Mereki.
But it was when they decided to go and buy more drinks at a close bar that a huge group of people crowded them, pushing and shoving as they tried to catch a glimpse of the musicians, with some taking pictures.
“Zvibaba zviripano Nhasi ngazvitiimbirewo, Mafia naSudza vatitsika gen’a huya titore maphotos (The stars are here today come let us get photos taken),” one patron kept saying as more people packed the small bar.
The crowd was determined not leave until the duo had sung a couple of their popular tracks.
The privileged ones posed for pictures with the musicians. The two remained stuck in the bar, resulting in Sulu exchanging his well-known trade for a barman, a gesture which further excited the crowd that kept scampering to the counter to be served by the Njiva singer.
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As a way of honouring their fan’s request, the musicians danced to a song from Sulu’s latest album Gunship.
Sulu was the first to take to the dance floor when his popular duet with dancehall chanter Soul Jah Love called Nyuchi was played.
He was later joined by Ndebele on their duet Phone, much to the delight of the patrons.
After fulfilling their fans’ request, the musicians safely left the venue amid wild cheers from patrons.
Speaking to NewsDay, Sulu’s publicist Joe “Local” Nyamungoma said as entertainers they could not chase the fans away and hence decided to do a few hits for them.
“These fans are our paymasters so we respect their demands, that is why Sulu and Somandla ended up performing for them,” Nyamungoma said.