I'm looking for a career: Tuku

HARARE - Superstar Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi, who has been a musician for over four decades, says music has never been a career for him but a calling from God.

The music star — who has released 61 studio albums — delivered a lecture to students at the Zimbabwe College of Music on managing a career as a musician where he said, he had decided to look for a career option.

“I haven’t decided what career to take. Music is not my career but it’s me being me. According to my mother who I believe is the first person to know me, my birth cry was the best composition to come out of me, from then I began to do me,” said the 62-year-old star during the lecture which was part of the ongoing Italian Musica Festival.

“You can come help me discover what I want to do. So if anyone has a career suggestion for me you can help me. I thought I could be a pilot but that would mean I need to go back to school,” he said.

Tuku also advised the students at the music college to be original and not to mimic the works of others.

“I just do who I am that’s how I have survived. So should you. If you do you there is no competition,” he said.

Tuku also added that he only went to school to please his parents, but never pursued his education to a certificate level.

“My father never wanted me to be a musician because he was also one and never realised any income from it. So he wanted something better for me, and pushed me to school,” he said.

“Believe it or not I was there. I went to school, though I’m not educated but I was there. I went to school for the wrong reasons. I went to school to please my parents. As long as I passed, I knew I would please them, so I went to school and I passed but I am not educated to the level of a certificate,’ said the veteran musician.

Tuku called on parents to listen more to their children as most of them do not know what their children are all about.

“If only parents could understand that sending children to school is only to enhance what the children have,” he said.

Musica 2014, which facilitated Tuku’s lecture at the Zimbabwe College of Music, will run from October 18 to 25 with concerts at various venues in the capital including the Italian Embassy Chancery, Misty’s, Zimbabwe German Society, Mega 2, Sam Levy’s Village, the Italian Club and 7 Arts Theatre.

Musica’s closing concert at 7 Arts Theatre promises to be a truly bone-shaking experience, as it features unprecedented forms of collaboration between Italian and Zimbabwean musicians.

Entitled The Four Singers, the production features Amanda Tosoni, Dudu Manhenga, Davina Green and Patience Musa.

The quartet will for the first time perform together in what promises to be a smashing hit.

The annual music showcase is organised by the Embassy of Italy in Harare as part of the diplomatic mission’s rich cultural programme, which is designed to facilitate stronger relations, understanding and cooperation through culture.

A symbol of the new generation of the Zimbabwean musicians, Victor Kunonga is billed to perform at the closing concert of Musica 2014 which will be held at 7 Arts Theatre on Saturday.

The masterful composer, lyricist and story-teller of rare pedigree will share the stage with internationally-acclaimed Italian musicians who include Andrea Valeri, Enzo Favata and Puglia Jazz Factory as well as Zimbabwean jazz sensation Dudu Manhenga and Colour Blu.

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