Tuku to grace mega bashes

HARARE - Music superstar Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi is an entertainer on demand.

The 62-year-old musician, who has over 61 albums under his name, begins his busy weekend schedule tonight by headlining the first anniversary celebrations of  The Centurion, an upmarket pub and bar located opposite Harare Sports Club.

Tuku’s manager, Sam Mataure, told the Daily News yesterday that the Sarawoga singer always cherishes performing for his local fans.

“I can confirm that he will be there (at The Centurion).

“It is very humbling that Oliver Mtukudzi continues to be celebrated both at home and internationally,” said Mataure, who doubles up as Tuku’s drummer.

“Tuku loves doing local shows because fans here share close ties with him; he shares a good history and chemistry with people in Zimbabwe.

“It is also an honour to be the main act at such an occasion.”

The Centurion’s location opposite the Harare Sports Cricket Ground that played host to the 2003 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup, has bound the upmarket pub and bar almost irreversibly to the gentleman’s game.

“We changed the place from The Maiden to The Centurion because of the number of times we have watched live (at Harare sports Club).

“People from all over the world have had memorable moments here. It was a long shot but we are pleased that we will be having Oliver Mtukudzi for one night to help us celebrate a year of iconic success,” said The Centurion co-owner Jackie Nettleton.

Interestingly, Tuku’s second gig this weekend will be on Saturday at another trendy pub and bar — Radost Platinum Club that is located at Longcheng Plaza near the National Sports Stadium.

The Zimbabwean music legend will lead an exciting line-up of artistes that will include dendera star Suluman Chimbetu and Afro-fusion musician Jean Masters. 

Wanisai Tendai Mutandwa, the Radost marketing manager and publicist, told the Daily News yesterday that they had invited over 200 high profile guests with varied music tastes.

“Several high profile members of  society including politicians and businesspeople are expected to attend, that is why we have enlisted the services of three musicians with totally different music styles,” said Mutandwa.

“Mtukudzi is for the mature people while Chimbetu will cater for sungura and dendera fans.

“Jean Masters will add a jazz flavour to the event. There will be fun for everyone.”

Masters, told the Daily News yesterday that sharing the stage with the popular Tuku and Suluman, would provide a perfect stage to market her latest and second album Misi Haifanani.

“I look forward to sharing the stage with Tuku and Sulu.

“I featured both of them on my latest album and I am sure Saturday’s event will be a perfect platform to market my latest album,” she said.

Mutandwa is confident that the soon-to-be launched Radost is going to take entertainment in Harare to another level.

“The club features two clubs in one. It includes an exclusive VIP Platinum Circle, two full bars, expansive dance floors, live entertainment, audio/visual entertainment as well as mouth-watering grill services,” she said.

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