Tuku is my friend: Mukanya

HARARE - Music legends Thomas Mapfumo and Oliver Mtukudzi have dominated Zimbabwean music space for over 40 years and for good reason many music fans have always assumed there is no love lost between the two.

The fact that the two musical giants had not shared the stage in a very long time seemed to lend credence to the view that the two were eternal foes.

But in an interview with the Daily News on Sunday from Leicester in the United Kingdom after the conclusion of two joint shows with Mtukudzi over the weekend, Mapfumo laughed off reports of strained relations between him and Tuku.

Mapfumo said fellow superstar Mtukudzi has always been a close friend of his ever since they met over 40 years ago.

“We get along well with Oliver,” said Mapfumo, better known by his Mukanya totem.

“He is my friend and has always been my friend. Music haisi hondo vakomana; kana iri hondo ini naOliver tiri kuside one. We always call each other.

“Fans will always think we are not friends because both of us are competitive but competition is not war. We respect each other; we are friends”

Mukanya, who was part of the Wagon Wheels along with Tuku in the late 1970s, was glad he got another chance to share the stage with his old friend in London and Leicester last weekend.

“Both of us have been around for a while; opportunities to play on the same stage will become fewer and fewer. We had two great shows in the UK.”

The Zimbabwe music legend added that his continued involvement in music is down to God.

“Ini naOliver (Oliver and I) are still alive and playing music in our sixties. It is the will of God tarisa kufa kurikuitwa by much younger musicians. Of the older musicians it is just me, Oliver and Zexie (Manatsa) who are still alive. NdezvaMwari izvi”.

Mukanya was quick to reassure Zimbabweans that his homecoming will definitely be this year.

“The fans really showed us great support in the UK. The support we got from the fans made us even more eager to come home. There are some people including vanaChiyangwa who are working on bringing us home. We will hear more from them when we are back in Oregon." - Dakarai Mashava, Entertainment Editor

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