A BULAWAYO-based conservationist Kheyi Masuku will lead an event to plant 60 trees at Hillside Dams Conservancy in honour of Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi as part of the music icon’s belated 60th birthday celebrations.
Report by Sheryleen Masuku Own Correspondent
Tuku, billed to perform at the Bulawayo Amphitheatre tonight, turned 60 on September 22 and held a colourful birthday bash in Harare.
Events Africa director Jomo Mhone said they felt highly honoured that the veteran artiste had asked them to host a belated birthday bash in the City of Kings for him to celebrate with his fans.
“It’s an honour for us to be asked by Tuku himself to host this belated birthday bash. He felt that he owed it to his legion of Bulawayo fans to celebrate with them,” said Mhone.
The tree planting exercise will come after the bash and Tuku is expected to witness the gesture.
Mambazo Phiri of Events Africa said: “The tree planting will take place on Saturday (tomorrow) morning. I believe it is a very noble initiative.
“When we told Tuku about it, he appeared excited.
“We will plant 60 baobab trees at the conservancy because it does not have a baobab tree,”
Masuku said they felt the baobab tree was most relevant as it would symbolise the music icon’s successful music.
“We feel that it is a big tree that is respected throughout the world, mostly in Africa and particularily in Zimbabwe.”
Masuku said they had received an overwhelming response from sponsors and appealed to Tuku fans to come to Hillside Dams tomorrow morning to meet the star.