Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
…crooner wants second chance
… in love with Namibia
MUSICIAN Tryson Chimbetu reckons he deserves a second chance to pick himself and be counted among the elite.
Once touted as the phenomenal crooner among the current Chimbetus of song namely Allan, Suluman, Douglas and Saiwe, a lot has curtailed the 30-year-old’s rise to glory.
At one point, Tryson’s conduct left him with a bruised ego and battered image, a dent his camp is desperately mending.
He once hogged the limelight for his well-publicised fallout with music promoters, cousin Suluman Chimbetu and a former Cabinet minister at a time he was on his peak.
Added to that, Tryson wore the ‘bad boy’ tag at the time his stocks were rising, which eclipsed his achievements.
However, the singer who is on a rebranding exercise, says he has since matured from being a boy to man.
And maturity which comes with responsibility has made him to repent, according to his handlers.
In a wide-ranging interview with H-Metro, Tryson poured out his heart out saying he deserves another chance.
In fact, Tryson no longer wants to be reminded about his past as he wants to make an impression once again like he did a few years back.
“I don’t think it’s necessary to continue focusing on my past but the progress I am making at the moment.
“A lot happened then but now I have since moved on as a man and I have opened a new chapter.
“Some things happened because I was still young so I deserve another chance so that I pick myself up,” says the crooner who has since roped new management.
- SULU FALLOUT
On his unfortunate fall-out with Suluman, Tryson says they have since kissed and made up.
“Again on that issue, I don’t think it’s worth talking about it at the moment because we are in good books.
“At the moment, I am also using his studio to record my songs and I have since collaborated on another song with him.
“The song was penned by mukoma and it’s called Kumakaya and that alone shows that we are in good books.
“Sulu is my brother and that won’t change. As such, I respect him and everything that Sulu does for the survival of the dendera genre.
“We are now grown up men with families and nothing beats unity,” he says.
Tryson, who took a huge gamble to revamp his sound with the help of young producers, says he was only doing the right thing to remain relevant.
“I can’t say I have changed my sound but we are only improvising.
“Currently, I am working with the likes of Oskid, DKT among other young producers and the move paid off, especially on our latest album, Kana Mazogara, which has the hit song Mai Maria released in December last year,” he says.
Tryson says he took the bold move after realising that youthful artistes were doing well after roping in the new blood as producers.
“To be honest, I can safely say the move we took has been embraced by the young generation.
“Gone are the days when people used to say dendera is not danceable as the young producers brought a new dimension that we needed for our music.
“I really enjoyed the quality and clarity of music if you are to listen to our new compositions.
“On that note, I will be releasing new album in October where I have roped in young producers as well.”
With all the efforts on his new album due for release in October, Tryson believes he is doing well.
“The new album will be definitely coming in October and that’s the main project which is keeping busy these days.
“This will be my seventh album after Marxist Revival released in 2008, Bvamraod (2010), Nguva YaChimbetu (2012), Compass (2013), Victory (2015) and Kana Mazogara released in 2018.
“I have also done a number of singles and one of them is called One More Night which I did in collaboration with Namibian songbird Shevienah and Uncle Sam.
“I got in touch with Shivienah after the release of Kana Mazogara an indication that the more I took to improvise is now paying up because the beat now has an international appeal.”
Determined to make an impression, Tryson has roped in a new management team led by his former English teacher, Gladys Maposa.
The affable and yet no nonsense lady is assisted by Shepherd Machanja who is in charge of daily operations at his camp.
Maposa confirmed she was also roped in the structures and vowed to help her former student.
With the backing of Maposa and Machanja, Tryson says the team has managed to meet some of its targets.
“I’m happy with my management team which is lady by Madam Gladys Maposa and Shepherd Machanja.
“The team helped me to successfully launch my previous album and new projects we are doing.
“They have also helped us to come up with quality videos and international videos.
“Right now their main task is linking us with the corporate world so that we fully realise our potential,” he says.
- NAMIBIAN LOVE
While the singer appears to be keeping a low profile, Tryson has never stopped doing music.
“I have been holding a country wide tour and in May I spent the whole month in Namibia.
“I left for Namibia with three band members and we used to perform a semi-digital band and it really worked for us.
“I also performed at a number of boxing matches and I will be going back there in August for another tour.”
Asked how his band was managing without him what he was in Namibia Tryson said all was in place.
“When I left for Namibia, my younger brother Wilmore held a number of shows with my band.
“I heard they had a number of successful shows and that’s what I have been praying for that he stand for me in my absence.
“In Namibia I was only trying to find new avenues so that I can bring them down once we settle there.
“Zimbabwean music appreciated a lot in Namibia and we are going to continue holding shows there whenever we get an opportunity.”
With unconfirmed reports saying Tryson was now into drugs, the singer too the opportunity to clear the air.
“I don’t take drugs as claimed by some people but I am actually leading ant-drugs abuse campaign.
“As part of my efforts to end drug abuse, I recently performed at an anti-drugs abuse campaign hosted by Zinest and my presence at the event showed that I was really against drugs abuse.
“I will continue using my influence to campaign against drugs abuse and change people’s lives,” he said.
Tryson says he does not only rely on music but doubles as a street hustler like most youths of his generation.
“Well, I do a lot of music but we do run a shop in town which sells cellphone accessories.
“It’s not yet a big project but we do find time there doing our best. I just love the project but musical commitments are taking its toll on me.
“I will continue doing my best and I won’t give up,” he adds.