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Simon launched his career in the late 1970s with his brother [[Naison]].<ref name="zim_legend"> the two of them sang in bars until they were discovered by [[Chris Mutema]] who sent them to then established [[Zexie Manatsa]].<ref name="chopper_intimate"> Failing to get assistance at this the two brothers sought assistance from [[Chris Mutema]] yet again. This time they were sent to [[Mushandirapamwe Hotel]], located in [[Highfield]]. [[Here they met Joseph Ngoyi and the OK Express]] which was the resident band there.<ref name="chopper_intimate"/>  
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Simon launched his career in the late 1970s with his brother [[Naison]].<ref name="zim_legend"/> the two of them sang in bars until they were discovered by [[Chris Mutema]] who sent them to then established [[Zexie Manatsa]].<ref name="chopper_intimate"> Failing to get assistance at this the two brothers sought assistance from [[Chris Mutema]] yet again. This time they were sent to [[Mushandirapamwe Hotel]], located in [[Highfield]]. [[Here they met Joseph Ngoyi and the OK Express]] which was the resident band there.<ref name="chopper_intimate"/>  
 
As the Chimbetu duo did not have their own instruments they sang vocals to their songs with the OK Express acting as a backing band. Following a rise in popularity and Ngoyi and his band being asked to leave by the hotel management, the Chimbetus were left without a band and were directed to [[Domboshava]] where they met up with [[The Sungura Boys]].<ref name="chopper_intimate"/> After bringing in The Sungura Boys to Harare the Chimbetus continued to gain popularity<ref name="chopper_intimate"/>. At this point [[The Sungura Boys]] brought in [[James Chibadura]] to compose songs and sing for their own act and counter the fame of the Chimbetus.<ref name="chopper_intimate"/>
 
As the Chimbetu duo did not have their own instruments they sang vocals to their songs with the OK Express acting as a backing band. Following a rise in popularity and Ngoyi and his band being asked to leave by the hotel management, the Chimbetus were left without a band and were directed to [[Domboshava]] where they met up with [[The Sungura Boys]].<ref name="chopper_intimate"/> After bringing in The Sungura Boys to Harare the Chimbetus continued to gain popularity<ref name="chopper_intimate"/>. At this point [[The Sungura Boys]] brought in [[James Chibadura]] to compose songs and sing for their own act and counter the fame of the Chimbetus.<ref name="chopper_intimate"/>
  

Revision as of 12:39, 16 March 2014

Simon "Chopper" Chimbetu was a Zimbabwean Dendera Music artist,vocalist,guitarist and performer. He is considered as the father of the Dendera Music genre.[1] He performed as co-lead of the band The Marxist Brothers which he formed together with his brother Naison. He later formed the musical group The Orchestra Dendera Kings. He is the father of Dendera Music artist Sulumani Chimbetu[1].


Background

Simon was born on 23 September 1955 [2] He attended Msengezi High School and was part of a group of children abducted during the liberation struggle.[3]He was asked to return home because he was too young. He became part of the liberation struggle when he joined local guerrilla forces and went as far as Tanzania for training.[2] When he returned home to Chegutu,where his father worked on a farm he was sent to Harare, then called Salisbury, to escape the Rhodesian army.[3] His brother Naison later followed him and they stayed together in Dzivarasekwa.

Musical Career

Simon launched his career in the late 1970s with his brother Naison.[2] the two of them sang in bars until they were discovered by Chris Mutema who sent them to then established Zexie Manatsa.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag.





References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Problem Masau,A fitting tribute to ‘Father of Dendera’,Published on 16 August 2013,Retrieved on 16 March 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 [1],"zimlegends.com",Retrieved on 16 March 2014 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "zim_legend" defined multiple times with different content
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wonder Guchu,[Simon Chimbetu was a closed box],"intimatemomentswithzimmusicians.com",Published 23 September 2011,Retrieved 16 March 2014