Tuku homecoming gig tonight

HARARE - Zimbabwe music legend Oliver Mtukudzi, who is fresh from a two-and-half month tour of North America, will mark his return to his homeland with a show at Red Fox tonight.

The show dubbed The Homecoming kumaRasta will also feature popular reggae star Mike “Mic Inity” Madamombe.

Robert Zhuwao, co-director of Bothwell Investments, the company that owns Red Fox, is excited to be the first entertainment joint to host the legendary musician after such a long absence from Zimbabwe.

“This show will be one of the best and we feel very honoured to be the first to host Tuku. It is a match made in heaven,” said Zhuwao.

He added that the show will also be an important platform for Red Fox favourite Mic Inity who has begun a rebranding programme which began with the setting up of his backing band called Red Radicals Band in January.

After the highly-anticipated Red Fox homecoming gig, Tuku will perform at the Ranch Hotel in Kadoma where he will share the stage with dendera artiste Tryson Chimbetu. Interestingly, the two artistes collaborated on the dendera artiste song Pahotera, off Tryson’s latest album Campus.

Tuku’s two shows this weekend will set the stage for the tribute bash to be held in honour of the Zimbabwe music legend at the Harare International Conference centre on September 27.

The Tuku tribute concert, which is expected to feature several top African musicians, is being coordinated by music promoter Josh Hozheri, Tuku’s manager Sam Mataure and Pakare Paye Arts Centre director Watson Chidzomba.

Mataure and the Sarawoga hit-maker both confirmed the celebratory tribute bash in a promotional video which has been created to publicise the event.

“The event is the first of its kind and we are expecting a number of African artistes.

“We are expecting artistes from Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, South Africa and Mozambique among other countries,” said Tuku’s manager Sam Mataure.

In the same short promotional video, Mtukudzi lauds the rare honour to be bestowed on him.

“I feel so happy about the tribute concert and I am looking forward to it,” said the music superstar.

“No one has ever done this before, like I always say, people are recognised when they are gone but in my case someone has decided to honour me while I am still alive,” said Tuku.

“It is so nice to be appreciated and acknowledged while I am still alive,” said Mtukudzi who has over 60 albums under his name.

Last year, in September, Tuku celebrated his 60th birthday in a concert that was attended by over 10 000 ecstatic fans.

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