Tuku to make up for cancelled gig

HARARE - Music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi disappointed his legion of fans in Zvishavane last Friday when he failed to perform at a gig he was sharing with dendera singer Suluman Chimbetu.

Mtukudzi was supposed to perform in Zvishavane on the eve of a soccer match between FC Platinum and Dynamos FC but did not pitch up for reasons the star could not reveal.

The concert was promoted by the FC Platinum and they have since apologised to the fans for the failure of Bvuma hitmaker to perform on the day.

“FC Platinum apologises to its revellers for the inability of Oliver Mtukudzi to perform on Friday, September 19. The circumstances where beyond our control and we were advised by his manager that his health made it impossible for him to perform.

“We would like to thank you for your continued support and our hope is the promoters will give us a new date and Mtukudzi will grace our club,” reads Platinum FC Facebook post.

Mtukudzi’s manager Sam Mataure told the Daily News on Sunday that they were going to compensate for their no-show at the concert although he is still working on the dates.

“We have agreed with the promoter that we are going to fix that concert soon when we tour Bulawayo and Zvishavane. Everything is now under control,” said Mataure.

The Daily News on Sunday has learnt that it was difficult for Mtukudzi to perform in Zvishavane on Friday considering that he had performed in the capital during the day and had to travel to Zambia, Lusaka the following day where he had another concert.

Even though Chimbetu entertained the crowd throughout the night, fans were bitter with the promoter for failing to reduce the entrance fee from $10.

Liberty Hunyenyiwa a fan at the concert said the cancellation had serious reputational effects on the promoter.

“That puts a serious dent on the club...because $10 was too much for a boy called Sulu (Chimbetu),” he said.

Another fan, Wellington Wallace Saopa concurred with Hunyenyiwa. “And how come they continued to demand the $10 bill yet they knew kuti munhu aidiwa nevanhu haachauya (that the crowd’s favourite is no longer coming)” he said.

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