Govt to honour Tuku with memorial gig

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Minister Kirsty Coventry has revealed that government will host a Tuku memorial concert in honour of the late national hero Oliver Mtukudzi

Harare – Government is planning another gig for the late national hero and music maestro Oliver Mtukudzi this month as a way to remember the legendary singer.

In a statememt issued by secretary for for Arts and Culture Thokozile Chitepo, the gig will be held in Harare-Glamis Arena and would feature local and international artists who worked with Tuku during his four decade long career.

“The ministry of Youth, Sports , Arts and Culture would like to inform the nation of a memorial concert for the late national hero  Dr Oliver Mtukudzi would be held in Harare at Glamis Arena on February 16 from 10:00 to 20:00.”

It would feature local and international artists who worked with the late hero”, said Chitepo in a statement.

Mtukudzi died last month after battling with diabitis and was declared a national hero although he was hurried at his rural home in Madziva.

The highly decorated and much adored musician had his funeral attended  by thousands across the political divide.

During his career, Tuku produced 66 albums and has dozens of  collaborationwith both local and international singers.

With 66 albums to his name, the Black Spirits frontman developed his own brand of Afro-jazz that became known as Tuku Music, a fine blend of jiti, katekwe, marimba, South African mbaqanga and afro-pop.

Apart from his own Tuku Music label, the music star was also the lead actor in the movies Jiti and Neria, released to high acclaim in the 1990s. He also wrote and directed the musical production, Was My Child.

A day before his burial thousands  of his music fans thronged the National Sports Stadium Saturday to celebrate his life at a concert  that was organised by various local promoters Dubbed Tuku Memorial Concert, the event  featured both old and young local artists who have illuminated the country’s music scene some of whom had worked with the grand daddy of music.