Tension is high tonight as the feud between arch-rivals Suluman “Sulu” Chimbetu and Alick Macheso reaches fever pitch.
Sulu and Macheso have not shared the stage since they began fighting late last year, but that has not stopped promoters from letting the two test each other’s powers.
The two high-flying artistes lock horns tonight as they battle for the control of the capital. For true music aficionados, the duo’s clash is akin to the DeMbare/Kepekepe war in soccer.
Unfortunately, unlike in soccer, the two will not be sharing the same platform; Sulu plays at a sports bar in the western side of the capital, while his rival will be at a joint in the eastern side of town.
Sulu and Macheso’s fight remains the most-talked-about beef in the local music industry since the death of Tongai Moyo la te last year, who was Macheso’s sungura rival.
Moyo’s son Peter has failed to rise to the occasion, leaving Sulu and Macheso in a two-horse race that has split fans.
Just recently, four band members crossed the floor from Orchestra Mberikwazvo, Macheso’s band, to Orchestra Dendera Kings, Sulu’s outfit.
Macheso’s former star dancer, Francis “Franco” Dhaka aka Slomo, is now Sulu’s preferred weapon while speculation is rife that Macheso is trying to lure back the talented dancer.
So as Sulu shows off his newly acquired asset, Macheso will be out to prove that Franco’s switch did nothing to dampen his act. Sulu’s manager Pliers Puraene dismissed the beef talk, saying it was a coincidence that the shows had clashed.
“We are not going out to prove a point to anyone, but just to entertain our fans the way we know how. As you know there are a lot of changes at the band right now so this show is
a must- attend.
“The band has become sharper and the guys are motivated and raring to go. Music lovers should come in their numbers to watch Sulu and his boys in action — the new act is just unbelievable,” said Puraene.
On the other hand, Macheso, who is preparing to leave for shows in South Africa and the UK, will be out to satisfy his fans in the other side of town. His next show at the same
venue will be after his international tour in July.
His assistant manager, simply known as Jethro, said the Orchestra Mberikwazvo team was in top form.
“Although we are not out to compete in any way, what I can tell you is that the boys are doing exceptionally well. Everyone is excited about the upcoming trip and every show we are doing these days is like our last one,” said Jethro.