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Tuku feels Sam’s presence on stage

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The week during which upcoming musician Sam Mtukudzi died, he had been working himself to a standstill, his father Oliver has revealed.

Sam died in March this year in a car crash that also claimed the life of his sound engineer and close friend Owen Chimhare.

In an interview with a local radio station, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi said while Sam’s working habits, which included keeping vigil with the owls at night,gave him a scare, he wanted his son to slow down.

“He was busy and didn’t have time for anything else.

For me, I thought he was overdoing things in the studio,” Tuku said.

Tuku said his son slept in the studio all the time and had no time for relaxation and socialising.

“It’s like he knew he was going and wanted to complete the album before passing on,” he said, adding that he didn’t want to influence his music so he would only go into the studio to check if Sam was conforming to certain recording standards.

Tuku said he has continued performing in the wake of Sam’s death as doing so was therapeutic.

“I have not stopped going on stage after Sam’s death because it helps me hold in there” he said.

“When I am on stage I feel him (Sam) besides me, just the way we played side by side.”

Tuku also revealed that Sam left several recorded songs that will also be released posthumously following last month’s launch of Cheziya.

“There is a lot of stuff in the studio that Sam didn’t include on Cheziya,” Tuku said, adding that he will also compile the songs, some of which were recorded during Sam’s live shows at places such as the Book Café and Sports Diner, and put them on CD.

A DVD he recorded with Sam at 7 Arts Theatre in Harare early this year with the theme Nzou neMhuru was now in post-production, he said, but did not reveal when it will be released.

Tuku said during the recording of Cheziya he had kept away from the studio to avoid influencing the production.

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