Legendary music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi will next month celebrate his 64th birthday with three shows in South Africa.
By Moses Mugugunyeki
The shows, dubbed Mukuru Tuku Mzansi Birthday Tour and promoted by local company, Xtratime Entertainment, are promising to be Tuku’s biggest gigs across the Limpopo.
In the shows — two in Cape Town and one in Durban — Tuku will be supported by South Africa-based Zimbabwean Afro-soul singer Shame “Shamie” Mabvudzi and his partner in arts South African performance poet Haroldene Tshienga.
Cape Town-based Chimurenga musician Gwenyambira, DJ Wilson, Paddy Watts and TK Hollun are also part of the supporting acts.
“People in Durban have complained that their favourite musician Tuku hardly comes there so we made it possible to bring the superstar to them as well as Cape Town where he also commands a huge following,” said Tonderai Mwaita of Xtratime Entertainment.
“We have put up two shows in Cape Town to accommodate everyone as the venue has limited capacity.”
“The venues have been secured and artists have confirmed their participation. Euphoria is already gripping the two cities as people have already started buying tickets from Computicket.”
Mwaita said Tuku who will be promoting his latest albums, God Bless You and Eheka Nhai Yahwe would perform on October 21 in Durban, winding his South African tour with Cape Town shows on October 22 and 23.
He said apart from celebrating the life of the legendary singer, the aim of the shows was to create a platform for Zimbabweans living in South Africa to socialise and exchange ideas.
“We want to bring quality Zimbabwean entertainment to Durban and Cape Town residents thereby playing a part in community interaction through arts and culture,” he said.
He said Tuku’s music inspired positive social messages and behaviours.
Last year Xtratime Entertainment partnered Mukuru.com in hosting the Tuku Women’s Day tour in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
“Because of our working relationship with Tuku, we decided to honour him and celebrate his life and achievements with such a birthday present,” Mwaita said.
Tshienda expressed happiness over the show.
“It is a great priviledge to celebrate a living humbled legend Oliver Mtukudzi’s birthday once again. Last year, we had a blast in Johannesburg and this year we will be in Cape Town and Durban,” she posted on her Facebook last week.
Last week, Tuku stirred controversy when he released his 65th album, Eheka Nhai Yahwe in South Africa. The musician is yet to launch the album in Zimbabwe.