No Christmas cheer for Tuku, Sulu fans

HARARE - Fans of music superstar Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi and dendera star Suluman Chimbetu will endure a dry festive season as the two popular artistes have opted to move the release of their latest albums to next year.

Tuku, who did not release a new album at his birthday bash in September as has been the norm, will unleash his 66th album titled “Hany’ga (Concern)” early next year.

The music superstar’s manager Walter Wanyanya said Tuku could not release a new album this year because of a “punishing schedule.”

Oliver Mtukudzi

Oliver Mtukudzi

“He will release the 10-track album titled Hany’ga (Concern) early next year,” Wanyanya told the Daily News.

Tuku sampled a track off the forthcoming album called Shiringinya during his closing performance on Saturday at the inaugural Zimbabwe Arts Festival held at Alexandra Sports Club.

The music legend launched his 65th album titled “Eheka! Nhai Yahwe” at his 64th birthday party held at Pakare Paye Arts Centre on September 22 last year.

Songs on the album include a duet with his wife Daisy “Masanga Bodo” as well as other favourites such as Chori Nevamwe, Ndinecha and Bhiza Ramambo.

Like Tuku, dendera star Suluman has moved the launch of his forthcoming album to next year. Despite promising to drop an album in time for the festive season a few months ago, the dendera artiste told the Daily News that it was no longer possible.

“Actually I am in the studio right now. I have new stuff but will only be released next year,” Sulu said, adding that the recording process had taken longer than he had anticipated.

Sulu’s last album Jamboree, on which he uncharacteristically took aim at the deteriorating political and economic situation in the country, has been hailed by music critics as the dendera artiste’s best to date.

The politically potent album includes the track “Moses” which he pleads for a Moses to take people away from Pharoah’s cruelty and bondage.

Another favourite of many is “Tiringwe” in which Sulu calls for God’s intervention and guidance to rescue people from the harsh economic conditions prevailing in the country, adding that people are working tirelessly in a bid to make ends meet.

However, it is not only Sulu and Tuku who have pushed the release dates beyond 2017. Sungura star Alick Macheso has also postponed the launch of his forthcoming album indefinitely.

In fact, this year only a few artistes have released new albums. These include Nicholas Zakaria, The Charambas, Progress Chipfumo, Peter Moyo, Jah Prayzah, Jairos Chabvonga, Pamela “Gonyeti” Zulu, Baba Harare and Pauline Gundidza among others.