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Tuku to stage free shows

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Oliver Mtukudzi will on Friday launch a new programme that will see him staging shows for free with selected friends every first week of the month at Pakare Paye Arts Centre in Norton.

The show series will run under the banner “PaGokoro naTuku” and Tuku will invite fellow musicians to Norton and play with them his fans’ favourite tunes on request.

It is a bring-your-choice-of-song set-up where fans choose what songs they want from Tuku from the songs of the 1970s to date.

Tonight he debuts the concept with an old-timer Max Chiwara who was part of The Black Spirits in the early 1980s and is famed for his role on the song Chimusoro Wanyaya from the album Bvongodzamuto released in 1982.

Chiwara played the second guitar then alongside the likes of the late Kenny Munemo, the late Robert Mtukudzi, Picky Kasamba and others and recorded several albums including Shanje.

For most of the week Tuku, Chiwara and others have been in rehearsal for the launch of “PaGokoro naTuku”.

The whole idea is for Tuku to have a day in the month when he meets with his fans and plays for them for free, away from the crowded shows.

“I want to have quality time with my friends in music and have fun with our fans while we play their requests, something we cannot do at the more hectic shows. We will go into rehearsal every time I am inviting a friend so that our performance is coherent,” said Tuku.

“Because we are in winter, the launch show is indoors, but in summer we go outdoors at the Gokoro Bar.”

“The show starts at 8pm and it is absolutely free. Dress code is smart casual and strictly no children.

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