Ringo goes it alone as Tuku falls ill

BULAWAYO - Music fans in the City of Kings were left ruing their bad luck after music legend Oliver Mtukudzi pulled out from a pre-Valentine’s Day bash that also featured South African star Ringo Madlingozi due to illness.

Tuku’s eleventh-hour withdrawal, while it clearly rattled the 300 plus crowd, appeared not to dampen the spirits of Madlingozi who delivered a sterling performance.

After the opening act Iyasa had entertained the crowd with a well-choreographed presentation, the immensely talented Madlingozi took over just after 1130pm.

After playing a few well-received songs, the famous South African entertainer announced to the passionate crowd that he had earlier spoken to Tuku who had told him that he had fallen victim to a severe bout of flu.

“Unfortunately, he couldn’t make it to this concert,” he said to the hushed crowd.

After performing a couple of his hits, the mood in the crowd suddenly became jovial.

They were singing along animatedly and because of that Madlingozi ended up repeatedly directing his microphone at his appreciative fans.

Backed by an all-male band, the South African musician had the music fans eating out of his hand.

It was the popular love track Kum Nakum which proved the most popular on the night and when it was performed the dance floor suddenly became a hive of activity.

But when Madlingozi played Into Yami — his duet with Tuku — the Zimbabwean music superstar’s absence was heavily felt once more.

Without Tuku’s husky voice the song felt somewhat empty.

After performing for nearly two hours, Madlingozi brought the concert to an exciting finale.

Speaking to journalists after the show, then music star heaped praise on Zimbabweans.

“I had a good time and it was wonderful. Zimbabweans welcomed me and I really felt at home.

“Zimbabwe is kind of my second home. I have been coming here for quite a number of years.

“It feels good to be back here,” he said.

He, however, regretted that illness had prevented Tuku from sharing the stage with him.

“When we grow older, different ailments affect us and I’m hoping for a speedy recovery for mukoma Tuku,” said Madlingozi.

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