Kids to the superstars…

Being the child of a musician does not necessarily guarantee instant success in Zimbabwe. Some children are suffering, despite the fact that their fathers left a legacy of wealth behind them.

There are a few success stories. Zimbabwe's Music Ambassador, Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi's late son, Sam and daughter, Selma, have done well for themselves and followed closely their great father's footsteps. It is not easy to follow in Tuku’s footsteps, a musician who has had sold out performances in London, Johannesburg, Boston and Lusaka. Before he died in a car accident, Sam had taken the music industry by storm, performing to large crowds and acting as a curtain raiser for his wealthy dad.

His sister, Selma, has also done very well in her partnership with Zexia Manatsa's son.

Zex was a superstar during his heyday and filled Mbare's Rufaro Stadium to capacity when he got married.

Manatsa's son is also following closely in his father's footsteps and, despite the fact that Zexi did not have much wealth when he quit, he was greatly respected by music followers in Zimbabwe.

ZBC disappointment

The late Simon "Chopper" Chimbetu's son, Suluman, embarked on a successful musical career in Zimbabwe. Suluman has performed before sell out crowds in Harare, Chitungwiza, Mutare, Gweru and Bulawayo, just like his late father.

Another music great was the late Safirio Madzikatire, whose son, Elijah, has tried unsuccessfully to make a name for himself. Analysts point out that Madzikatire could have been a millionaire in Zimbabwe had his services been recognised by the cash-strapped Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation TV.

The broadcasting station paid him very little and he died a pauper, despite being among the country’s top performers. Elijah, in his frustration at not getting anywhere in the music industry, turned to the bottle and resorted to selling his late father's instruments to raise cash for his upkeep.

United States-based musician, Lovemore "MaGee" Majiavana, also has a son, Derek, who is trying to etch out a similar path for himself.

"I am following in the footsteps of my father," Derek said in an exclusive interview.

"Everybody – especially in Bulawayo – loved him and I want them to love me too."

The reality, however, is that Derek drinks too much and relies on his father’s good reputation to get him free drinks at the bar.

A scrounger

The late James "Bindura" Chimombe's son, Lincoln, also seems to be a scrounger in the bar. Lincoln alleges that he is not getting any performance time, despite the fact that he regularly tries to do so during breaks or National Gala events countrywide.

"I always go to galas and have tried to perform," he said. "They say I cannot play like my late father and then they chase me away. I have tried my best to play music just like my father. In fact, I can play a guitar very well, but I do not have instruments or a band of my own."

Finally, the late Tongai "Dhewa" Moyo's son, Peter, is more of a success story. Peter has openly come out seeking help and playing time with other artists. "Dhewa" is definitely not turning in his grave, but would be very proud of his now superstar son.

Just because the older generation succeeded, does not necessarily mean that their offspring will inherit their talent or discipline. According to business mogul, Shingai Mutasa of TA Holdings Limited: "It takes blood, sweat and tears to be successful".

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