I've no competition - Tuku

HARARE - Zimbabwe music legend Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi Thomas Mapfumo says there is no competition and rivalry between him and fellow Zimbabwean star Thomas Mapfumo.

“We are artistes. He’s got what I don’t have and I have what he doesn’t have. And there is no competition at all,” said the Sarawoga singer during an exclusive interview with the Daily News.

“How can you compete when you are on your own? You have what you have.”

The internationally famous Tuku, who has just turned 61, attributes his long shelf-life at the top of Zimbabwean music to the uniqueness of his productions.

“What has made me survive almost 40 years of this (music) it’s because I do me and I know there is no better me than me. So automatically I’ve got no competition. I just do what I do and the world is just waiting for me to do it because nobody else can do it.Same as Thomas (Mapfumo). So there is no competition at all,” he added.

The Bvuma hit-maker is proud of the close friendship that has existed between him and the exiled Mapfumo who is now based in the United States of America .

“Even though he is there (in United States), we talk on the phone, communicate via e-mails and so on. So it’s like he is just next door. At times when he comes to Africa, South Africa, we see each other.”

The Pakare Paye Arts Centre founder also revealed that his close ties with the Oregon-based Mapfumo motivated the two to hold joint shows in the United Kingdom and South Africa.

“We (Tuku and Mapfumo) influenced our management to organise this. Of course promoters come into play but the idea really came from us as artistes to the promoters via our management,” said Tuku.

Comments (6)

Iwai Tuku is our own living legend and please Tuku's ,music is known every where in the world.....listen, l am based here in Namibia but when Namibians wants to talk about Zim music, the only person they mention is Oliver Mtukudzi although pronunciation is a problem to them but still even in shebeen if Namibians want to impress Zimbabweans especially ladies will play Tuku's music.......l remember when Tuku came for the Villager newspaper 2nd Anniversary, Tuku vowed minister and notable Namibians

Clemence Tashaya - 28 September 2013

Ndo kutauraka uku kwaitwa na Mtukudzi. Kwete kuti panumber one paneni, panumber two paneni, panumber three kusvika ku ten paneni, pozoti panumber eleven pane muzukuru wangu Tobias Arekete - aya aive mashoko ava Thomas Mapfumo pavakabvunzwa kuti vatipe vaimbi kubva panumber one kusvika panumber ten, semafungiro avo.

Naison Nyereyegona - 28 September 2013

Tuku is mature, um are a legend baba

mhirizhonga - 28 September 2013

GOOD ADVICE: Do something for yourself, for your family. Don't waste your time talking politics while others are enjoying their lives with money without politics. See how this Zim poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling solar panels to the people in rural areas/villages so they can have electricity easily and very cheap. Very interesting. Go to SOLARTECH.CO , not dot com, to see the methods and companies she was using. SOLARTECH.CO , not dot com. Wake up Africans

Vada - 30 September 2013

When I visit Zimbabwe next time I want to visit this Tuku just to see him face to face. I am in a very different profession from his but I do respect him. You are a father; not only to your family; but to many people in Zimbabwe. Sometimes I wish we had a president with a mentality like yours. You are a great man I respect you.

Exiled - 30 September 2013

Tuku u are the best in the world

N.W SEITH - 1 October 2013

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