There was great music, dance, fun and – best all – fireworks here at Transvaal Hotel in Boksburg over the weekend when dendera artiste Tryson Chimbetu performed at the venue. Tryson, also known as Dr Nero by his legions of fans, was marking his first international tour, a very important milestone for him after being hit by a spate of misfortune back home.
He staged three shows throughout the weekend. The performances were dedicated to his late father Naison.
Despite the shows being held at the same venue, Tryson managed to attract a favourable crowd at each of his shows with different faces being seen every day.
The Marxist Dendera Brothers front man had the crowd on their toes and also managed to impress the well-behaved audience with his polished act.
Before his first performance in Boksburg, Tryson made a surprise appearance at Chez Ntemba in Rosebank, Johannesburg where Alick Macheso was performing.
Macheso hailed Tryson’s gesture saying it shows that Zimbabwean artistes are united.
“I didn’t know that he is performing here in South Africa and I really appreciate what he did. He sacrificed to leave his fans waiting in Boksburg and travel all the way here to first perform at my show, it’s a clear message that we are united,” said Macheso.
The Pahotera singer then drove back to Boksburg where he found his fans waiting in anticipation.
Chimbetu clad in a silver-black suit, while his band was well-dressed in green shirts and white pants did not waste much time as he took to the stage belting out hit after hit.
He took the fans down memory lane during all his three shows when he performed some of the greatest hits by the late dendera co-founders Simon and Naison Chimbetu.
Dr Nero performed songs like Dendera Resango, Saina, Rudo Ibofu, Ndarangarira Gamba, Zambe, One Way, Mai vaJulie and Dr Nero among others.
The shows were also graced by Selmor Mtukudzi and husband Tendai Manatsa.
Tryson described the fans’ response as overwhelming.
“This is my first time here and to me its history made. It was nice, and since it is my first time I can’t complain about the turn out. It was somehow exceptional than what we sometimes get back home. People came in their numbers despite this being my first performances at the same venue for the three shows,” he explained.
Proprietor of Transvaal Hotel Rodger Muzawazi was impressed by Chimbetu’s performance.
“This was my first time to see him performing and I was impressed, I will keep on working with him and other artistes back home. I want this hotel to be a home for Zimbabweans,” he said.
Tryson returns home today (Monday) ahead of his father Naison’s (Dr Nero) commemoration gig on Sunday at Harare Gardens.