Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
SULUMAN Chimbetu reckons stability has become staple in his camp where the ‘old guard’ are calling the shots.
Although the elders don’t run the affairs of the group per se, the Orchestra Dendera Kings boss said long serving members of his group comprising Moffart “Mhofela” Nyamupandu, Solo Makore and Knoweledge Nkoma, bring order and stability.
The trio worked under his late father Simon Chimbetu’s stewardship before his death in 2005.
After his death, the trio briefly served the brand under Allan Chimbetu where Sulu was also an ordinary member.
After in-house squabbles, the entire team left Allan and Sulu took over the reins.
The 39-year-old, who has managed to maintain the band since 2006, said respect of the elders brings decency in the camp.
He opened up to H-Metro Entertainment & Lifestyle on the sidelines of his gig held at Bar Rouge.
“Every institution must have its pillars to ensure that it stands strong for years.
“Of course there are times when we are shaken to the core but you will realise that with strong supporting structurers, you can go places.
“In my cases, I have managed to bring stability in the camp because I do take advice from the elders.
“No matter how popular I become, I still need to respect my elders at the band the same way I do to my own people back home,” he said.
Sulu, who has amassed multiple gongs during his reign, said he dedicate all the success to the elders.
“It’s a secret that I cannot keep anymore that these elders are the ones who are calling the shots behind the scene.
“I will be lying to say that it is out of my own ability that I have conquered.
“To other young musicians working with elders, you need to respect them and learn from the best,” he said.
Sulu who also doubles as a farmer said the Covid-19 pandemic has also come with its own lessons.
“I’m grateful to be life and it can only be by his grace that I am hear entertaining these people.
“We have lost some of our fans, promoters and even close relatives but we must always thank God for being there for us.
“On a positive note, Covid-19 has taught us to be innovative and that’s why you see still managing in these terrible times.
“Surely, we need to diversify and stop relying on music,” he added.