Some unscrupulous music promoters have deliberately distorted music superstar Oliver “Tuku ” Mtukudzi’s solo gigs through posting misleading adverts, Tuku Music publicist Shepherd Mutamba has said.
Tuku often holds solo shows to cater for fans that prefer “a more up-close and intimate” interaction with the master of song.
In a statement issued by Tuku Music, Mutamba accused unscrupulous promoters of sowing seeds of confusion among fans in violation of their contractual agreements.
“But we have observed, in recent weeks, that some venues in Harare have created quite worrisome confusion amongst our fans by advertising Tuku’s solo shows in a devious manner insinuating he would perform with his full complement of musicians in the Black Spirits Band,” Mutamba said.
Mutamba added that they had raised an official complaint over their displeasure and expressed hope that in future, the promoters would operate more professionally.
In a bid to cater for the broad tastes of his ever-expanding fan base, Tuku has increasingly made his act more flexible so that promoters, according to Mutamba, “can either select to have him play solo, as a duet, trio, in a quartet or with the full complement of the Black Spirits Band”.
While some fans favoured solo shows because of the family environment where they can bring along young children for an afternoon braai outing, others just loved lesser crowds, away from the more public performances, while yet others preferred the more frenzied public shows, with the carnival atmosphere and huge masses of people.
“The strength of Tuku’s music is not entirely in the diversity of powerful messages in his repertoire but also his ability to still bring out the profound social commentary on the basis of a one-man show or as a duet or trio and still satisfy his fans,” Mutamba said.