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Mtukudzi to stage 2 shows in Canada

by Entertainment reporter
24 Apr 2013 at 08:05hrs | Views
Superstar Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi, currently on tour of the United States, is expected to stage two shows in western Canada - one in Edmonton on May 4 and Winnipeg the next day.

The "Pasai Njere" singer will only return home at the end of May ahead of his first gig dubbed "Sing Along" scheduled for the Andy Millar Hall at the Harare Exhibition Park. So far, it has been good with Tuku and his Black Spirits band staging memorable overseas gigs.

But his Canadian fans are more than happy to welcome one of the Zimbabwean music legends currently doing well on the charts with his latest album titled "Sarawoga" that features the club banger "Watitsvata".

The granddad of music is sure to generate enough heat when he takes to the stage. His stage act defies his age and he has not lost his touch back in the day when he was still with his longtime dancer Eric "Piki" Kasamba.

At 60, Tuku appeals to both the young and old with well thought out lyrics that speak about the struggles of everyday life.

Both shows are being promoted by Slicey T of Slice International, a leading African Music and Arts promoter in western Canada.

Word coming from Canada is that the gig has sent Tuku fans abuzz with excitement.

Show promoter Tinos Viriri aka Slicey T, a member of the famed Chitungwiza-based group Slice International, said the gig features Zimbabweans and other Africans in Canada.

"We are delighted to present Zimbabwe's music ambassador to Canada. Everything is set and we urge fans to come in their numbers and have a great time in song and dance," Viriri said.

Slice international has to date brought the likes of South African DJ Cleo as well as Zimbabwean dancehall chanter Winky D to western Canada.

According to Slicey T, plans are afoot to host Bojo Mujo and Dr Thomas Mapfumo before year end.

He said his next project was to promote Zimbabwean urban grooves artistes.

"I strongly feel that these youths need my assistance for the exposure as it will benefit them by interacting with people from different countries and build more confidence in themselves. As one of the accomplished pioneers of urban grooves in Zimbabwe at a time when the genre had not made any commercial success I am obliged to support the others who came after me. The only advice is that they should humble themselves, respect fans and create music that people can relate to.

"That way they will appeal to wider audiences," Slicey T said.He said he was hoping to see collaborations between Zimbabwean and Jamaican based artistes.

Besides promoting music, Slicey T has started assisting orphans through one of his many music projects.

Source - TH