By Jonathan Mbiriyamveka
HARARE – Zimbabwe’s granddad of music Oliver Mtukudzi says he is grateful to God for the gift of life and that he can’t wait for his 65th birthday.
Mtukudzi or simply Tuku to his fans, turns 65 on September 22 and coincidentally this year’s celebrations will be held on the exact date at his Pakare Paye Arts Centre in Norton, just 30km outside Harare.
Speaking through his manager Sam Mataure, Tuku said he doesn’t take life for granted.
“Turning 65 is perhaps the greatest gift of all.
“Over the years I have lost relatives and friends, Ray Phiri is gone and so is Cde Chinx.
“I cherish everyday that comes and grateful to God for the gift of life. Life should never be taken for granted and as I turn 65 I remain thankful,” he said.
Preparations for the bash dubbed as “Tuku @65” are on course as mixed bag of performers numbering up to 60 are being lined up.
Expected to grace the function are some of his artistes friends from Botswana, South Africa and Uganda.
The glut of the performers will be drawn from local genres like sungura and Zim dancehall which has swept across Zimbabwe.
Young artistes from Pakare Paye Arts Centre will also have a chance to share the stage with the iconic singer.
According to Mataure, the whole show will be the highlight.
“At this point I cannot single out any highlight because it is the whole show or the package which we are putting together.
“However, one thing I can confirm is that there is going to be serious surprises,” he said.
Almost like a ritual, Tuku never misses his birthday and the bash will have nothing short of fireworks.