Tuku celebrates four decades of music in style

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SOME veteran members of Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi’s Black Spirits band proved they are still forces to be reckoned with on Saturday, showcasing their prowess on the microphone and dance floor at the Celebrating 40 Years of Tuku Music Concert at Pakare Paye Arts Centre in Norton.

BY WINSTONE ANTONIO

Tuku, opening his act around midnight, backed by yesteryear Black Spirits members among them, Tsitsi Muchineuta (64), Anna Chimbarawe (60) and Piki Kasamba, took fans down memory lane with a playlist made up of 1970’s to 1990’s hits that many, particularly mature people, sang-along to.

The veteran members put up a par excellence performance that was complemented by well-choreographed and captivating dance routines that left the appreciative crowd clamouring for more.

Muchineuta and Chimbarawe expressed gratitude to Tuku for inviting them to be part of the highly-publicised concert.
“I joined Tuku in 1980 and I enjoyed my stay, as we worked as a family and today we are together celebrating Tuku’s achievements in the music industry,” Muchineuta said.

Tuku performing alonside Ringo

“Working with Tuku was a great experience for me. I joined him from the late Safiriyo Madzikatire as a dancer and backing vocalist. In God’s grace we are together on such a special day as we celebrate Tuku’s great works,” Chimbarawe said.

After electrifying the atmosphere with a well-received performance from the legends, Tuku was then joined by the current Black Spirits band members belting out their sing-along hits among them Shamiso.

The celebrated Tuku was also joined by South African music superstar, Ringo Madlingozi, who came on stage at around 1am, amid wild cheers from fans, to perform their duet Todini.

The super stars were a marvel to watch, as they went on to perform another collaboration Into Yami with Ringo at one point going through Tuku’s lines and vice-versa.

“Many were involved in this music industry, but failed to make a mark. I am happy for Tuku who has managed to go this far,” Ringo said on stage.

“I love my brother and I could not afford to miss this concert which is a big day in his music career.”

Among the artistes who performed at the concert are Donald Kanyuchi, Jah Prayzah, Sulumani Chimbetu, while Victor Kunonga, dancehall musician Tocky Vibes and BaShupi, among others, graced the event in solidarity.

The concert was a huge success despite some skirmishes involving Sulu, who almost abandoned the show in protest after he clashed with a security guard manning one of the gates.

On the other hand, gospel musician Sebastain Magacha returned home a disappointed man, as he failed to perform, with concert organisers saying he was late for his slot.