Tuku to light up Byo, Hre

HARARE - Music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi will hold farewell shows in Bulawayo and Harare this weekend before going on an international tour that will take him to South Africa, United Kingdom and North America.

Tuku’s packed weekend begins tonight in Bulawayo at the Large City Hall where he will share the stage with dendera star Suluman Chimbetu.

The internationally revered music superstar is holding tonight’s high-profile show — arguably the biggest in the City of Kings this weekend — to compensate for failing to perform at a scheduled joint show with South African star Ringo Madlingozi last month.

The Todii singer missed the February 13 show after reportedly falling ill and as a result Ringo was forced to do it alone.

Tuku Music has come up with tonight’s show, which also features crowd puller Suluman, to appease their Bulawayo fans who were disappointed by the music superstar’s last minute withdrawal from the Ringo concert.

After the Bulawayo concert, Tuku will return to Harare for a concert at the Book Café tomorrow night.

Book Café manager Tom Brickhill is excited to be hosting the music superstar’s last show in Zimbabwe before he flies out to South Africa to do a joint performance with the legendary Hugh Masekela at the legendary Cape Town Jazz Festival.

  “As Book Café has always been the trendsetter, pushing new ideas such as the acoustic Tuku performances over the last few years, we have once again decided to work with Tuku to push the boundaries of entertainment in Harare, this time with his backing band,” said Brickhill.

“This will without a doubt be the biggest show that Book Café has presented to date and will set the stage for the future development of Book Café.  With the response so far, we are assured that the event will sell out.”

Brickhill believes the Book Cafe show will provide a rare opportunity to experience the magic of Tuku at home in a more intimate setting than his usual mega-audience performances on concert stages around the globe.

The music superstar, who is acknowledged everywhere as a living Zimbabwean cultural legend, has earned hero status because of the way he uses his Pakare Paye Arts Centre in Norton to mentor many upcoming musicians. Guitar prodigy Munya Mataruse, who recently joined Tuku on his recent tour of United States and Canada, is arguably one of the most successful products of Tuku’s mentorship programme.

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