Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
Plans are on course to set up an institution teaching young generations about the late Simon “Chopper” Chimbetu’s ideology, H-Metro Entertainment and Lifestyle has established.
Aspiring musicians and young entrepreneurs are set to be taught life skills, patriotism and professionalism championed by the departed crooner.
Chimbetu died on August 14 2005 at his Mabelreign home.
And 16 years later, the Chopper Commemorations had become an annual event with a series of festivities usually lined up for August each year.
However, Sulu – heir apparent to the dendera music throne – says there is more to the commemorations than fun with each passing year.
In an interview, Sulu said:
“There is quite a lot that we have planned to ensure that we keep our father’s legacy going and alive.
“For instance, we are setting up an institution purely teaching his (Chopper) ideology as a musician, entrepreneur and patriot.
“I can’t reveal a lot at the moment due to the Covid-19 restrictions but definitely there will be something to look forward to.
“As a family, we have a lot of work to do and ensue that we safeguard our legacy and we don’t want it to be interred with his remains,” he said.
The 39-year-old have vowed to do everything in his power and ensure that young generations know about their history.
“It’s not only father who is late who was adored by many but we also need to celebrate other late icons and in my case, I am simply using my influence to empower the young people on life skills.
“It’s unfortunate that we can’t fulfill everything in a short space of time since but certainly all is in the pipeline.”
Regarding the 16th Chopper commemorations, he added:
“Again, we are certainly going to celebrate the 16th anniversary but we will be guided by the situation prevailing in the country regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.
“If it means holding a virtual performance for the sake of our loyal fans, we will certainly do that and ensure that we remember our father with dignity.
“As had become the norm over the years, we can’t afford to forget our heroes who paved the way for us to be where were are today.”
Music wise, Sulu said he was almost done with the 2021 album.
“The 2021 album is there but we are monitoring the situation to be guided on how to launch it for the public since we are living in a new era with Covid-19 pandemic.
“I have never stopped recording new stuff and I will continue doing so but we will be releasing our new stuff at the right time and season since it is costly to produce our music.
“To our fans, we are grateful for the support they have been giving us over the years and we will continue to give them good music with each passing year,” he added.
Last year, Sulu ended his album drought when he released Entanglement, which ushered fans into the festive mood.
According to the English dictionary, entanglement refers to a complicated or comprising relationship or situation.
In Sulu’s narrative, the album Entanglement was meant to give hope to all bleeding souls in despair since he believes his music is therapeutic.
Besides Entanglement, Sulu boasts of other polished studio albums namely Ndomusiya Nani released in 2007.
In the year 2008, the released Reverse, which was followed by Non Stop (2010), Syllabus (2012), Gunship (2014) and Jamboree in 2016.
Sulu has two DVDs for Ndomusiya Nani and Syllabus along with a number of singles, which makes his discography complete.