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Tuku’s festive diary jam-packed

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Superstar Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi has unveiled a tight festive season schedule during which he will be on the road in and outside the country, dishing out performances to seal off the year on a high note.

His itinerary, according to Tuku Music publicist Shepherd Mutamba, saw him giving those in the Middle East in Dubai a taste of Zimbabwean music Wednesday.

Upon his return, he will stage more shows in Harare, Gweru and Chinhoyi before trekking down to South Africa for yet another date with his fans there.

“His last performance for December, on New Year’s Eve, is actually in Johannesburg (Blues Room) after doing Bloemfontein, East London and Durban,” Mutamba said.

As had become tradition, Tuku will do a solo at Humana People to People in Shamva at the end of the month before partnering with fellow giants Alick Macheso, Tongai “Dhewa” Moyo and Suluman Chimbetu in the highly anticipated Harare Shut Down show at the City Sports Centre.

“Then there is the annual but entirely re-branded and even much more exciting Pakare Paye Solo Festival also in December at Pakare Paye Arts Centre in Norton,” Mutamba said, adding that they would soon unveil the performing artistes.

Pakare Paye Solo Fest, now in its third year, was conceptualised by Tuku and this year will see a line-up of top artistes who have never shared the stage before.

“And there is a line-up of the rising stars – the young guys of the moment — to savour on this fine day and solo again. There is dance, poetry, drama,” Mutamba said.

He added that they had rebranded the Solo Fest, making it a fun-filled day attracting multitudes of different tastes of art forms from different music genres to dance, poetry and drama.

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