Sulumani Chimbetu is one of Zimbabwe's most popular Dendere artists. He was born in Chegutu on 27 May 1982 and went to Nyahuni Mission and Ellis Robbins School before studying at CCOSA College in Harare from 1999 to 2001. A former member of the Air Force of Zimbabwe from 2003 to 2006, Sulumani joined the Orchestra Dendera Kings in 2004 and worked alongside his father, Simon Chimbetu, until his death in August 2005.
Sulumani took over the reins and soon made his own mark with debut album, 'Ndomusiya Nani', in 2007. It was followed by 'Reverse Deal' (2009), 'Non Stop' (2010), featuring Oliver Mtukudzi, his uncle Allan Chimbetu and saxophonist Philip Svosve, and 'Syllabus' (2012). In 2014 he was working on his fifth album, including a duet with US-based Chimurenga legend Thomas Mapfumo.
'Sulu' has won numerous NAMA Awards for best album. Like his father, he can sing in Chewa and made sure each album carries a Chewa song - continuing his father's tradition. Working with top musicians like Moffat Nyamupindu and Knowledge Nkomo, in 2006 he toured the UK with Allan Chimbetu. Besides being hugely popular at home, he has also performed in Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia and the UK. Apart from singing, he can play the rhythm guitar and drums.