Mtukudzi takes Sam's commemorations to Byo

HARARE - Music superstar Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi will take the commemorations of his late son Sam to Bulawayo’s Large City Hall on April 29.

The Bulawayo gig, that will feature Tuku, Gary Tight, Jeys Marabini and the Pakare Paye Ensembles, is a follow-up to the mega concert held at Pakare Paye Arts Centre in Norton last month.

Tuku’s manager, Sam Mataure, told the Daily News — the Bulawayo commemoration of Tuku’s son, who perished in a 2010 road accident aged 22 that also claimed the young artiste’s 24-year-old friend Owen Chimhare, — will again revolve around rising star Gary Tight and Ashton Nyahora better known as Mbeu.

“The main part of the event will feature Gary and Ashton who will play the late Sam’s songs,” said Mataure.

The Mutare-born Mataure, who is also Tuku’s drummer, added that the Bulawayo event is part of gigs that have been lined up throughout the country to celebrate the music feats of Tuku’s late son.

“We will also take the commemorations to other cities and towns where the late Sam once performed, but of course we won’t perform in all of them,” he said.

In addition, to the commemorative gigs, Mataure revealed that various projects and events have been mooted by the music superstar to commemorate his departed son which include a theatrical production.

“It will be a theatrical production celebrating Sam’s life which will feature Gary and Ashton. We intend to include some other actors. We are still at the planning stage,” said Mataure.

At the commemorative gig held in March, Tuku posthumously released his late son’s third album titled Misiirwa which Mataure said has been well received.

“Sam’s album is doing well. It’s picking up momentum steadily, slow but sure,” he said.

Misiirwa is a follow-up album to his debut Rume Rimwe (2007) and Cheziya that was posthumously released in 2010.

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