Auto Worx to host Tuku pre-concert

HARARE - Super star Oliver Mtukudzi is performing at Auto Worx, an upmarket joint situated in the mining town of Kwekwe on Friday night.

He will wow fans in the Midlands town where he spent part of his life.

The show will be a precursor to a gigantic bash slated for the capital’s Glamis Arena at the Harare Exhibition Centre next week.

The gig which has been dubbed “Tuku @ 60 pre-concert” will see the internationally acclaimed music man mingling with his provincial fans.

Speaking to the Daily News the concert organiser, Oswald Mashonganyika, said his aim is to afford people of Midlands the chance to wish the super star a happy birthday before the whole country celebrate with him in Harare.

“As Midlands we want to move ahead of time and wish Tuku a happy birthday, this is because we consider him a Kwekwe person, “said Oswald Mashonganyika convenor of the show.

Speaking on the state of readiness for tomorrow’s show, Mashonganyika who also doubles as the director of Auto Worx said, “Everything is now in place for the show. We have made plans to avail tickets before the show to ease fans pressure of purchasing tickets on the final day.

Tuku will be turning 60 years on Saturday, September 22.

Emerging from humble beginnings the renowned musician has become Zimbabwe’s most celebrated artiste.
He boasts one of the richest music catalogues ever in the country.

His catalogue consists of over 50 sizzling albums laden with words of wisdom.

Tuku’s Kwekwe concert is simply a reminder of where his roots lie.

Kwekwe brings memories of challenges that Tuku faced with his band that led to him teaming up with Zig Zag band.

Tuku proved to be a man of many jackets when he ventured into filming and performed in notable films like Jit, Neria (1991) Shanda (2004), Ndichiri mudiki (2008) and Saraoga (2009).

His musical albums including Tsivo, Nhava, Neria, and Bvuma set him apart as a brilliant musician.

The icon was described as a “Voice of the Voiceless” in April 2003 and was featured on the cover of the international Time Magazine.

His artistic progress was felt not only in his homeland but across Africa.

The Mutserendende hit-maker was ranked number 12 on the Forbes list of Africa’s most influential icons in 2011.

He remains one of the most outspoken law abiding artiste whose controversial work was never banned owing it to his style and creativity.

His song Wasakara of the album Bvuma-Tolerence (2000) remains an epic piece that echoed the general populace’s sentiments.

In his own words Tuku was once quoted on his website saying, “I used the beauty of Shona to communicate in my own way and people got the message.”

The multi-award winning musician once revealed that he has a lot of music that is yet to be recorded.

He was quoted in the press saying,“Music has to move the heart of the next person before l can publish it,”

To date he has done numerous collaboration with artistes such as Max Wild, Ringo Madlingozi, Manu Dibango, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba among other international artistes.

The international star is proud of having established Pakare Paye Arts Centre in Norton one of the most convenient multi-purpose arts institute in the country.

He launched his musical career in 1975 at the age of 23.

Tuku’s first project was a single titled Stop after Orange.

In a period of two years the legend combined forces with the likes of Thomas Mapfumo at the famous Wagon Wheels Band.

A year before the country gained independence he liberated himself too choosing to form his own band, The Black Spirits. - Alfred Tembo  

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