Tonight Oliver Mtukudzi will be treated like a king when fellow artistes take turns to honour and revere him on stage during a tribute dinner to be held at the Rainbow Towers Hotel ahead of a big concert tomorrow at the Harare International Conference Centre.
REPORT BY SILENCE CHARUMBIRA
One of the organisers of the event, Josh Hozheri, said Mtukudzi would sit on stage as other musicians, backed by his Black Spirits, perform for him.
Watch Tuku speak about his latest album below:
“The show will be divided into three sets of which the first one will have Tuku sitting on the stage while different musicians come in to sing his songs backed by the Black Spirits,” Hozheri said.
“After the first phase, Tuku will then get into the changing room and come back to perform with his band as well as the visiting artistes after which Sulu will then finish off the gig.”
Hozheri, who would deliver a speech on behalf of promoters, said the event would have a line-up of representatives who would make speeches on behalf of different people that have worked with Tuku.
“His friends, the likes of Hugh Masekela, are already in the country while representatives from the media, venue owners, record companies and many others will be given a chance to make speeches,” he said.
He said the strictly-by-invitation dinner would also be attended by local musicians like Sulumani Chimbetu, Alick Macheso and Jah Prayzah among many others.
The FBC Bank-sponsored celebrations spill into tomorrow with a high-profile gig pencilled in for the Harare International Conference Centre.
Masekela, who will tonight be the guest of honour, is expected to thrill fans tomorrow sharing the stage with Kenya’s Erick Wainaina and Suzanna Awiyo, South Africans Judith Sephuma and Steve Dyer, and Mozambican Stewart Sukuma.
Watch Tuku and Stewart Sukuma in the recording studio below:
A host of local artistes will also be performing at the gig including Alexio Kawara, Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana, Cynthia Mare, Junior Brown, Munya Mataruse, Tariro Ruzvidzo, Ba Shupi, Ammara Brown, Tehn Diamond, Family Voices, Prayer Soul, Courtney Rusike and Jean Masters.
The events have been organised to celebrate Tuku’s birthday. The musician turned 61 on September 22.