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Suluman Chimbetu’s birthday celebration at Book Cafe on Tuesday night was a mixed bag of excitement and surprises. Sulu, as the musician is fondly known, celebrated his 32nd birthday with fans, family and friends at the eventful ceremony.

Sungura musician Alick Macheso surprised many when he performed a dancehall song mimicking dancehall artists much to the delight of the audience.

Musician Douglas Chimbetu refused to vacate a seat for Zimbabwe Tourism Authority boss Karikoga Kaseke saying he was entitled to a position at the VIP table as a member of Chimbetu family.

Efforts by usher Wanisai Tendai Mutandwa, aka Mahwindo, to convince Douglas to leave the position for the official were fruitless until Sulu’s publicist Joe Nyamungoma intervened.

Allan and Tryson Chimbetu failed to turn up for the event despite being invited.

Allan was evasive when contacted for comment and told this reporter to focus on his upcoming weekend shows and not an event that had already taken place.

Tryson was not reachable for comment as the man who answered his mobile said he has left for South Africa.

However, beyond the drama and surprises, the show went well and the birthday boy gave a spirited performance. He also got presents from prominent people, making the event a memorable night.

Maverick businessman Philip Chiyangwa pledged a residential stand to Sulu and announced to the public that he is related to Jah Prayzah.

“Jah Prayzah is my blood relative but I didn’t want to tell you. Sulu is my close relative again but I didn’t want you to know again. I want to give Sulu a stand as a present for his birthday,” said Chiyangwa.

Mhondoro-Ngezi MP Mike Gava pledged an air ticket for the “Sean Timba” hitmaker’s wife when the musician tours United Kingdom next month.

“We were friends and my mother was a politician while his father was a musician and we decided to pursue our parents’ careers. I understand he will be touring the United Kingdom next month and I will buy a ticket for his wife for that tour,” said Gava.

Besides Macheso other musicians that attended the party were Jah Prazyah, Kireni Zulu, Somandla Ndebele, David Hondoyedzomba, Cynthia Mare and Edith Weutonga while promoters Patson Chimbodza, Josh Hozheri, Fidelis Ngove and Diamond Studios Artists manager John Muroyi also attended.

Zulu, Ndebele, Jah Prayzah and Macheso went on stage for a birthday song. Macheso said he worked well with the late Simon Chimbetu and took Sulu as a son.

“His father used to tell his bass guitarist Moffat Nyamupindu that I was his challenger and I am happy that today Sulu takes the music further. We want to congratulate him for turning 32,” said Macheso.

A big cake that had a guitar shape was shared among the crowd who had come to witness the event. Diamond Studios gave the musician a certificate of loyalty and honour.

Sulu said he was happy with the response he got after announcing the event on such a short notice.

“We just invited people on short notice but we are happy that people came to support me and my wife,” he said.

Meanwhile, a number of shows have been lined up for the birthday celebrations of the musician.

Tomorrow they will be performing at New Life Night Club in Budiriro with Oliver Mtukudzi before he travels to Masvingo for another show.

Promoter of the Budiriro show Fidelis Ngove said they were looking ahead to a memorable show as Tuku returns to the venue after a long time.

“He last performed here in September last year and we are looking forward to a memorable show on that day,” said Ngove.

Source : The Herald