Thirteen years since Simon Chimbetu died, left a comprehensive legacy
Born on 23 September 1955, his father, Benson Chimbetu was a bricklayer who moved around taking on construction jobs on houses around the country. Simon Chimbetu attended Msengezi High School and was part of a group of children abducted during the liberation struggle. 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. 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. His brother Naison later followed him and they stayed together in Dzivarasekwa. After the country's independence, Simon took on a job at a tobacco processing company despite continuing to pursue a career in music.
Simon "Chopper" Chimbetu was a Zimbabwean Dendera Music artist, vocalist, guitarist, and performer. He is considered as the father of the Dendera Music genre. He performed as co-lead of the band The Marxist Brothers which he formed together with his brother Naison Chimbetu. He later formed the musical group The Orchestra Dendera Kings and launched a successful solo career, OyOsNews can reveal.