Explosive Tuku book out

HARARE - The wait is finally over for superstar musician Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi’s controversial ‘‘tell all’’ biography, Tuku Backstage, which was written by his former publicist, Shepherd Mutamba.

The book, intended to be released at the end of last year was launched in Harare on Saturday and provides an insight into Mtukudzi’s never-before-told secrets about his family, love life and relationship with his children.

Speaking at the book launch, Mutamba said it was not his intention to cause Mtukudzi pain including the die-hard fans who adore him and “want to skin me alive for the explosive moments in the book.”

“The book is responsible because for a start, it used well-sourced information from Tuku’s closest family, that is, his own wife and children and his co-workers and also my own observations as his former publicist and board member.”

The 277 paged-book which has 24 chapters triggered a response from Tuku when excerpts were first published in the Daily News in September last year.

Last year, Mtukudzi said he was mulling suing Mutamba over claims he made in his book, saying he was horrified by lurid claims by his ex-publicist.

Tuku wanted to appear in court to confront Mutamba and to tell him the emotional trauma that it caused.

“Why would his own wife lie about him? Why would his own children lie about their father? Why would his local workers lie about him? Why would I lie about him? I think as a journalist of 30 years’ experience, I have done my job and done it well, credibly, objectively, accurately and ethically without malice,” Mutamba said in his response to Tuku during the launch on Saturday.

The book is currently being sold at the Book Café in Harare.

Comments (7)

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Chire - 30 March 2015

Mtamba,even if its money,why would u want to tear apart someone s family.if these people who propvided you with information knew that you wanted to publish a book,i dont think they would entrtain you.Noone is perfect in life but people repent.Tsvaga mari nedzimwe nzira

vimbai - 31 March 2015

I think prostitution pays well! And it comes in many ways than one

Majuru - 31 March 2015

What a traitor,surely people can sell their soul for money.BOYCOTT THAT BOOK

The Voice - 31 March 2015

Mutamba is so evil and bragging about being a devil. Why would you kill someone for trusting you with their life. I know whatever is in that book are truths and half truths exaggerated. You have literally judged Tuku. I will always love him personally as a person and his music. Shame on you Mutamba

BlaKodza - 1 April 2015

Guys let us be fair he is doing his job as a journalist, if we take your angle then most media houses would not even exist. if he is lying then Tuku should take him to court. biographies are necessary beacuse they tell us the real story and not what these superstars tell us. Tuku's image should be revealed as is and his fans can have a better understanding of their Star. Keep up the good work.

fair - 1 April 2015

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