Tuku Tribute Concert line-up unveiled

HARARE - Organisers of music legend Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi’s tribute bash set for September 27, have finalised a bumper list of local and international musicians who will perform during the Harare International Conference Centre gig.

The impressive list of foreign-based performers includes South African jazz star Judith Sephuma, the Kenyan duo of Eric Wainaina and Suzanna Awiyo along with Steve Dyer, an established star in South Africa.

Zimbabwe-born South Africa-based songstress Berita Gugulethu Khumalo, Mary Bell, Samson Felo and Mozambican star Stewart Sukuma complete the list of international stars who will pay homage to the legendary Zimbabwean musician.

Tuku, who joins a select group of musicians who have had tribute concerts held in their honour in their lifetime, has attracted the support of some of Zimbabwe’s most popular stars.

Mbira legend Mbuya Stella Chiweshe leads an exciting list of several generations of Zimbabwean musicians who are determined to join the internationally-recognised Tuku in his moment of honour. 

Chiweshe will be joined by Victor Kunonga, serial award-winner Suluman Chimbetu, Bob Nyabinde, Steve Makoni, Albert Nyathi, Dudu Manhenga, Blessing Muparutsa, Diva Mafunga, Ammara Brown, Alexio Kawara, Junior Brown, Jean Masters, Tariro Negitare, Baba Shupi, Cynthia Mare, and Munyaradzi Mataruse.

Sam Mataure, Tuku’s manager and drummer, told the Daily News yesterday that plans for the unique tribute concert were unfolding accordingly.

The Mutare-born veteran drummer, who has also played for another Zimbabwe music legend Thomas Mapfumo, is excited by the support the special concert has attracted in Zimbabwe and beyond.

“The event is the first of its kind and we have invited several top African artistes from Kenya, South Africa and Mozambique among other countries,” he said.

According to Mataure, the tribute concert will be in two segments with bulk of the Zimbabwean musicians scheduled to participate in the first one.

The second and final part of the tribute concert will feature Tuku who will be joined on stage by the invited international stars and several Zimbabwean artistes.

Local artistes who will make guest appearances during Tuku’s performance include Mbuya Chiweshe, Kunonga, Suluman, Dudu, Nyathi, Nyabinde, Makoni and Piki Kasamba, the 61-year-old star’s former backing vocalist.

Tuku, on the special night will be supported by a band which includes Enock Piroro on bass, guitarist Mono Mukundu, Sam Mataure on drums, keyboardist Jairos Hambahamba, Strover Maswobe and Othnell “Mangoma” Moyo on percussions.

Alice Muringayi, Fiona Gwena and Tino Bimha will do the backing vocals.

The Dzandimomotera hit-maker’s 60th birthday concert last year attracted over 10 000 ecstatic fans and organisers are expecting an equally big crowd to pay tribute to Tuku during the September 27 concert.

Comments (2)

The organizers should have included Jeyz Marabini

Phila - 13 September 2013

Where is Ringo?

Musami - 13 September 2013

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