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Tuku heads for Mutare


Oliver Mtukudzi will perform at Mutare Polytechnic in a rare show on Saturday.

He will be backed by the late Paul Mpofu’s son Bruce and rising jazz star Munya Mataruse.

Expectations are high among music fans in Mutare, especially students at the college.
Mtukudzi has performed at various venues in Mutare before but it will be his first time at the polytechnic.

It will also be the first time for him to stage a show in the Eastern Highlands city with his new-look Black Spirits. His supporting acts, Mataruse and Mpofu, have been doing well on stage in recent gigs.

Mataruse has shared the stage with Mtukudzi on numerous occasions. The youngster was groomed at Pakare Paye Arts Centre and credits Mtukudzi as his mentor.

Mtukudzi features on Mataruse’s latest album Dengu Remhodzi and they perform a song together on stage every time they have a joint show.

Mataruse is a promising musician whose lyrics and beat are likely to make him a household name in the near future.

Mpofu is taking up his father’s music in a stylish way. He shared the stage with Mtukudzi two months ago in Kadoma.

He staged a brilliant performance of songs like Murambinda, Mapepa Enyika and Ndakuvara Musoro.

“I want to make sure that my father’s music does not die. It has taken me time to start doing shows because of other pressing commitments, but I am now working hard to ensure that fans enjoy those yesteryear tunes as well as new songs that we are working on,” said Mpofu.

Show organiser Blessing Jeke of Proma Events said they had put everything in place for the show and would ensure that fans get the best out of the gig.

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