The Herald (Harare)

21 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Sulu to Extend UK Stay

It appears Sulumani Chimbetu will have to stay longer in the United Kingdom than he anticipated after promoters of his tour decided to have more shows - one slated for Manchester and another in Scotland.

He will perform at Luton Dunstable on November 30 and Leicester on December 1 before heading to Manchester the following week and winds up his tour in Scotland.

Sulu's publicist Joe Nyamungoma confirmed the developments saying the dendera crew will now stay in United Kingdom for at least two weeks.

"The guys are leaving next Tuesday because the visas and work permits have been sorted out. We are very alert and keeping an eye on the proceedings, but as it stands everything is in good shape and we are raring to go," he said.

Nyamungoma said seasoned musicians Allan Chimbetu and Solo Makore would be part of the entourage leaving next week.

"These guys (Allan and Solo) have seen it all in the music industry. They provided stability to all the guys and we are looking forward to a show to remember," he said.

Nyamungoma said the diaspora fans would have an opportunity to sample the new album "Syllabus".

Sulu is still basking in glory of his latest release, "Syllabus" launched last week in the capital. The album has been received well by music lovers and is constantly being played on radio.

Early this year, Sulu cancelled his tour of United Kingdom following failure by the promoter to meet some contractual obligations. His lawyer Stephen Chibune said the promoter had failed to pay Chimbetu and his band as stipulated in the contract.

He is arguably one of the best young musicians to emerge on the music scene who has kept the dendera music alive. Now backed by his uncle Allan, Sulu's fan base has been growing steadily since he took over the reigns at Orchestra Dendera Kings.

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