Tuku dazzles Gweru

GWERU - Music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi celebrated the honorary doctorate in philosophy, ethnomusicology and choreography conferred on him by Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) with a scintillating show in Gweru on Friday night.

The 62-year-old music legend thrilled fans who thronged the Midlands Hotel despite having driven from Masvingo where he had been capped by President Robert Mugabe a few hours earlier.

The veteran musician, who seemed elated by the honorary doctorate, took to the stage to wild cheers from the big crowd which had come to witness the Gweru launch of his 62nd studio album Mukombe WeMvura.

Tuku, whose performance was preceded by the impressive Kwekwe-born Peter Moyo and his Utakataka Express, delivered a show full of energy and class that attracted endless applause.

The internationally-acclaimed artiste, who last performed in the Midlands capital city last year, put up an energetic show which was out of sync with widespread reports of his ill-health.

Garikai Mandoreba, a Gweru socialite, was impressed by Tuku’s unique stage craft.

“Tuku is still good and energetic on stage and with this performance tonight he put  his detractors to shame,” he said.

The veteran musician performed most of the songs on the 10-track new offering.

Songs on Tuku’s new album are the title track Mukombe wemvura,  Zvineita Tikudzwe, Hukoche-koche, Kamburumbude, Dzinga Hwema, Kumbai Manyowa, Perekedza Waro, Ndururu, Yave and Feso.

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