The Herald (Harare)

26 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Sulu, Diana to Share Stage

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Diana Samkange

SONGSTRESS Diana Samkange is set to partner Suluman Chimbetu in a gig scheduled for Jamaica Inn on March 2, some 35km outside Harare. The versatile and talented diva who moved from being an urban groover to afro-contemporary singer is climbing high with the release of her latest album titled "Kumazivandadzoka".

Touted as the new voice of afro-jazz, Diana seems to have struck the right chords on the new album judging by the popularity of the single which she says draws a lot from her personal experience.

She took two years to release the album and the quality tells of a product that is worth waiting for 10 years

"I wanted quality, so I took time to really find myself. I wanted to find an image people would identify me with.

"I wanted to produce an album for the mature crowd who can be both young or old," she once said.

Another track which is doing well is the one titled "Kukushaya", a dedication to the father of her baby Wandipa.

Fans will be pleased to see Diana sharing the stage with man-of-the moment Suluman or simply Sulu. They are both young and energetic.

Sulu and his Orchestra Dendera Kings have been out and about holding massive gigs since he clinched three National Arts Merit Awards including Oustanding Male Musician.

His latest album "Syllabus" has proved that Sulu is growing both musically and in stature.

The first single off that album "Sean Timba" has endeared him well with fans to an extent that people often request the song over and again during live shows.

Despite the inconsistencies surrounding the meaning of the song, most people at least appreciate the fact that it is a good song. According to Tsikai Taengwa, the manager at Jamaica Inn, the gig will be one of the many victory parties to celebrate Sulu's success at the Nama held in Bulawayo.

"We are urging fans to come and attend the show as we celebrate Sulu's victory at this year's Nama. There is going to be lots of fun, drinks and entertainment for revellers when the two take to the stage. As you might be aware Jamaica Inn has been refurbished with outside and indoor facilities for those who want to enjoy the cool ambience.

"Jamaica Inn is closely connected to the Chimbetus as it used to host Sulu's late father Simon. This is a show not to be missed," he said.

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