Mtukudzi, Manatsa to share stage in SA

HARARE - Music legends Oliver “Tuku”Mtukudzi and Zex Manatsa will share the stage in South Africa on December 15 at Boksburg Hotel which is located on the on the East Rand of Gauteng province .

At the event dubbed “The Night of the Legends,” Tuku will perform with the Pakare Paye Arts Ensemble which features Donald Kanyuchi, Innocent Mupemba, Ashton Nyahora and Fiona Gwena while the Chipo Chiroorwa hit-maker will be supported by the Manatsa Family.

Interestingly, the Manatsa Family outfit could feature Tuku’s daughter, Selmor, who is married to Manatsa’s son, Tendai.

Selmor told the Daily News early this week the Manatsas were still finalising the line-up which will back the founder of the Green Arrows.

“We are still preparing for the event and we are looking forward to it. Tendai is still in the United Kingdom. If all things go well, I will be happy to join them on stage,” Selmor said.

The Boksburg Hotel gig will be the fourth concert by Tuku in three months across the Limpopo. The veteran music star, who recently launched his 65th studio album titled Eheka! Nhai Yahwe at his Pakare Centre in Norton, is currently in South Africa where he is marking his 64th birthday with a series of gigs dubbed “The Mzansi Birthday Tour.”

The Kunze Kwadoka singer kick-started the South African tour in Durban yesterday and perform today and tomorrow in Cape Town.

Though Tuku’s other concerts in South Africa are expected draw in big numbers, it is his Boksburg gig with Manatsa which is likely to attract the most interest since it is the two legends’ first show at the hotel which has proved to be a popular destination for Zimbabwean artistes.

The joint, which is run by Zimbabwean Roger Muzawazi, has played host to Andy Muridzo, Progress Chipfumo, Alick Macheso and several zimdancehall artistes. Next month Boksburg Hotel has lined up gigs for artistes who include Macheso, Pah Chihera, Nox Guni, Tryson Chimbetu and controversial Jacob Moyana.

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