Milestone worth celebrating
Harare – THEY say life begins at 40 but for Zimbabwe music legend, Oliver Mtukudzi, 40 years this time around means a major milestone for the music brand which he founded 40 years ago – Tuku Music.
To many people, 40 years is a lifetime and clocking it is something which comes with it with a lot of tears, toil and smiles; the same can be said for Tuku Music, the brand which the Superstar founded during the height of the country’s struggle for independence and stoically and passionately sustained throughout the decades to be what it is today – a world-class music brand.
Tuku Music was founded in 1975.
It is in that vein that “Samanyanga” has decided to celebrate this big music brand that spawned legions of other artistes over the decades that it has been in existence.
Come December 5 and all roads will be leading to Pakare Paye Arts Centre in Norton for the potentially ‘pyrotechnic’ “Celebrating 40 Years of Tuku Music” gig which will see some of the cream Zimbabwean music joining with South African music icon Ringo Mandlingozi to celebrate not only the brand that is Tuku Music but also the man who the brains behind such a successful brand.
It is important to note that Ringo – who has over the years become one of Tuku’s closest music buddies outside the country’s borders – will be in attendance for the celebrations and in true fashion of being there for one brother and neighbour both in good and bad times, Ringo will be part of those artistes who will headline the event.
Ringo’s presence will be in the true spirit of the bilateral ties that Zimbabwe and South Africa share, that is if you throw the xenophobia issue out of the window.
To those in the know, this is not the first time that Ringo has graced Zimbabwe having performed at a number of jazz festivals in this country where he enjoys a warm corner in the hearts of many a music lover.
Ringo has shared the stage with Tuku on numerous occasions both in and outside Zimbabwe and the duo is without doubt going to rekindle some of these good old memories when they collaborate on stage especially on their duet “Into Yami” which they recorded together several years ago.
It will also be a time for the original Black Spirits – which although it has over the years lost some of members to death – to reunite for this special occasion and take people down memory lane to the days when they were still one solid mass which no music ‘hammer’ could break apart.
Man of the moment, Jah Prayzah, who never makes it a secret about his admiration for the grandmaster of music, whom he regards as his greatest inspiration, will also be out to help his master to celebrate the milestone he has achieved in his life.
It will be “Jerusarema’ and “Tsviriyo” all night long as Jah Prayzah does his thing and to those who love collaboration with Suluman Chimbetu especially on the song “Sean Timba”, then the night will be memorable as Sulu will also be out in full force for the festivities.
Another Tuku product, Munya Mataruse, whom he groomed at his Pakare Paye Arts Centre, will be there to show all and sundry that indeed has a keen eye for scouting talent and is also gifted with the Midas touch of grooming talent when he spots it.
Diva Mafunga, Sabastian Magacha and Chiedza Chevatendi will give the event a spiritual dimension with their infectious vibes and one never knows with Tuku, he might jump onto the stage to join some of these artistes as they perform their gospel songs.
Remember, Tuku once played gospel music and what can stop him from doing it on this occasion as a way of remembering a certain moment in the history of Tuku Music?
Donald Kanyuchi, also another Tuku product, makes up the rest of the line-up of performers at the celebrations that are without doubt going to attract the who-is-who both in Zimbabwe and abroad.
The celebrations will start at 7 pm and the US$10 the organisers are charging as entrance fee is justified for such a mammoth gig.