Imagine dendera, katekwe and gospel put together . . . The result? Your guess could be as good as mine but only a concoction any music aficionado can only dream of. But this is not dreamland, neither is it cloud cuckoo land as the musical potpourri pitting the giants in the respective genres is happening this afternoon at the Paraplegic Complex.
Godfather of the pulpit, Pastor Charles Charamba, international iconic superstar ambassador Oliver Mtukudzi and rising dendera exponent Tryson Chimbetu are set to clash this afternoon at the Bigboy Chinoperekwei-organised family show.
Mtukudzi, who recently celebrated his 60th birthday with the launch of his 61st album Sarawoga, would want to prove to his multitudes of followers that he is still the best in the live performance business. On the other hand Pastor Charamba, arguably one of the consistent performers in the last decade, will be out to cement his place as the master of the dual act of gospel ministering and entertainer par excellence.
Young Tryson, who of late has become the cash cow for music promoters due to his natural flare and the dendera originality which seems to flow in abundance in his DNA, would also want to prove to cousin Sulu, who recently released a scorcher of an album, that he is the natural heir to the dendera dynasty.
Pastor Charamba said since it is a Sunday, they will take the opportunity to deliver the word of God at the same time giving value for money to their followers. “Gospel music is a mission to transform people’s hearts and minds, so that they may seek salvation from the Lord,” said Pastor Charamba. He said they will take the opportunity of the multitudes who will attend the show to convey the word of the Almighty and deliver salvation to the lost sheep.
“We have no problem with sharing the stage with those who are into secular music as we believe that all songs have a particular meaning which contributes towards the social well-being,” he said. Pastor Charamba added that it is his first time to play at the Paraplegic Complex and the serene atmosphere of the venue makes it ideal for family gatherings.
He said they will be sampling old hits as well as some new jams from his upcoming album. Tryson “Sekuru Dhimba” Chimbetu promised a top-drawer act saying his fans are yet to see his best. “We strive very much to be innovative as we try to perfect the dendera act, so our fans should expect some new stage acts as well as the usual stuff, they are accustomed to,” he said.
Mtukudzi “Nzou Samanyanga” manager, Sam Mataure, said the grand-dad of Zimbabwean music would be at his best as usual. “Mdara has never delivered a shoddy job, which can be attested by the worldwide demand of his stuff and several accolades he has won over the years.
“As much as we cannot survive on past glory, we just want to show our fans that like wine, we are getting better with age,” said Mataure. Show promoter, Bigboy Chinoperekwei said this is a summer family outing and music fans should feel free to come as there is adequate logistical backup to make the event smooth sailing.
“Everything has been set for this afternoon’s show which we want to deliver as an early Christmas present for the support they have given us over the years,” he said.