Fans give Tuku cold shoulder

HARARE - Are Oliver Mtukudzi’s trailblazing years now behind him?

While this question might appear inappropriate, last Friday’s poor crowd at his album launch makes it timely to ask.

The veteran musician launched his 63rd album — Mukombe WeMvura — at a poorly attended event at the Harare International Conference Centre.

Tuku’s manager Sam Mataure was not reachable for comment as he was said to be in South Africa.

Pakare Paye Arts Centre official — Watson Chidzomba — refused to speak to the Daily News insisting we had to wait for Mataure’s return.

Mtukudzi has always pulled big crowds — whether playing solo or performing with a full band — making Friday’s launch party one of his worst in his glittering career.

Surprisingly, the launch show included Alick Macheso, a crowd puller by his standards and this was underlined by the relatively improved crowd which trickled in when he took the stage.

Macheso performed after Tuku.

“You know Tuku caters for everyone, but mostly for people who do not usually frequent shows. By pegging the entrance fee at $5, I feel that they pushed those people away, the die-hard Tuku fans.

“It’s a matter of selecting crowds and the crowd was not the everyday Tuku crowd,” said a fan only identified as Elizabeth.

Nzou as Mtukudzi is referred to by his friends and colleagues because of his totem — would hope that the poor turnout is not a harbinger of things to come.

Ordinarily, given his profile and commercial success, fans would be expected to jump at his new offering.

Previously, this has been the case.

Mukombe WeMvura comes after almost a three year gap since the last release — Sarawoga — a production which showed a grieving Tuku after son’s death hit him hard.

Mtukudzi has over the years posted success with his albums and Tuku Music arguably stands on top of the pile.

Today Mtukudzi is arguably as the finest Zimbabwean musician whose music knows no boundaries.

Comments (13)

nyararai henyu samanyanga,inga ndimi mhuka huru wani!

felix - 7 October 2014

Ndoiwanepi nyanga yenzou, ndoiwanepi nyanga yechipembere.....

Wekumusha - 7 October 2014

Just go to the next Tuku may at your words shasha reporter!

Bongo muffin - 7 October 2014

Ava ndivo vadhara vemusic, vagoni vebasa, mirai muone. Shasha ndiTuku

p - 8 October 2014

Ava ndivo vadhara vemusic, vagoni vebasa, mirai muone. Shasha ndiTuku

PAPA ACTION - 8 October 2014

mhuka huru.

Nenge - 9 October 2014

mhuka huru.

Nenge - 9 October 2014

Wenge mambo

Juluka - 12 October 2014

haaa, Tuku zvazvinhu, u will soon swallow yo own words mr learned reporter, mira uone

Mhlekazi - 13 October 2014

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