Tuku captivates Hre, Byo

HARARE - Hundreds packed the Book Café on Saturday night to witness music legend Oliver Mtukudzi’s last show in Zimbabwe before he leaves for a long international tour.

It was arguably the biggest crowd to attend a Book Café concert ever since the award-winning arts venue re-opened in 2012 at its Samora Machel base.

So big was the crowd that the Book Café management was forced to remove chairs from the venue to enable many people to fit in. Hordes of Tuku’s fans were on their feet all night as he performed their favourite hits.

It was a fitting farewell show for the Todii singer who will collaborate with South African music legend Hugh Masekela at the Cape Town Jazz Festival next weekend.

Obviously spurred on by the big multiracial crowd, Tuku gave an energetic and passionate performance that defied both his age and well-publicised health problems.

The music superstar performed most of the hits off his 2012 album Sarawoga and his latest album Mukombe Wemvura.

One of the highlights of Tuku’s performance was the cameo appearance of the Afrika Revenge duo Willis Wataffi and Mehluli ‘Taz’ Moyo when the music superstar was performing the hit Raki.

Afrika Revenge, who reunited last year after an eight-year hiatus, sang the hit song Wanga much to the delight of the animated crowd.

Last weekend was probably Tuku’s busiest in a long time. The veteran entertainer kick-started his weekend on Friday night in Bulawayo at the Large City Hall where he shared the stage with dendera star Suluman Chimbetu.

Tuku held the Bulawayo show to compensate for missing a scheduled joint show with South African star Ringo Madlingozi last month.

The Todii singer missed the February 13 show after reportedly falling ill forcing Ringo to go it alone. The disappointment created by Tuku’s eleventh hour withdrawal from the Ringo concert, was quickly forgotten once the music superstar got onto stage.

The music star’s two-hour performance, which was awash with yesteryear and latest hits, befitted the legend that he is. The dance floor was a hive of activity all night as music fans relished Tuku’s well-choreographed presentation. Each song was greeted by wild cheers.

Suluman, who performed after Tuku, seemed undaunted by the onerous task of going on stage after the legendary music superstar. He added a different flair to the whole affair.

As has become the norm, the young dendera maestro poached a few popular tracks from his late father’s catalogue which he fused with his own including latest hits such as Nyuchi, Idah Nhoro and Phone.

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