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Mtukudzi, Mapfumo kick-off UK History Tour

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15/03/2013 00:00:00
by Showbiz Reporter
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OLIVER Mtukudzi arrived in London on Thursday promising to deliver one of his career best performances on stage.

The superstar is part of a double billing that also includes the cultic legend, Thomas Mapfumo, who has been in England since Wednesday.

The two singers – who have over 80 combined years in the business – are also promising fans a duet on stage at the two shows to be held in London on Friday night and Leicester on Saturday.

Mtukudzi said: “Our UK fans have been kind to us over the years with their unflinching loyalty and support. I’m pleased for them that the promoters have come up with this treat for them.

“I look forward to two beautiful shows with my friend Thomas. We have come a long way and it’s a blessing to still wake up in the morning and know you have a job.

“On Friday and Saturday, we will say thank you to our fans in a very special way for keeping us employed all these years. They are the masters.”

Mapfumo, who is 68 and seven years Mtukudzi’s senior, was already enjoying relative success in the 1970s when he met the Tozeza star.

Mapfumo remembers Mtukudzi as a very receptive young man who took his advice on board. And when Mtukudzi heard Mapfumo singing the song ‘Mutavara’, he liked it and asked if he could record it.

Mapfumo remembers: “He did it beautifully because he’s a great artist – very creative and very talented. Myself and Oliver are the grandees of Zimbabwean music and our performances together will become fewer and fewer in the coming years, which puts this weekend’s shows in perspective.”

The two singers have not performed together since sharing the stage in the UK in 2009. And with Mapfumo postponing his homecoming from self-imposed exile at least until after elections in July, it could be sometime before their fans in Zimbabwe see them on the same stage.

Their latest UK adventure - dubbed the History Tour by promoters Icons of Africa - is being staged at two world-class venues, the Coronet Theatre in London's Elephant & Castle and the Athena in Leicester.

Top Zimbabwe DJ King Alfred is the supporting act.

Oliver Mtukudzi and Thomas Mapfumo UK History Tour 2013:
Friday, March 15, 2013: The Coronet Theatre, Elephant and Castle, LONDON, SE1 6TJ [9.30PM-4AM http://www.coronettheatre.co.uk]
** Drivers advised to park on side roads or single yellows and avoid red lines. Your vehicles may be removed without notice
Charge: £30 at the door all night

Saturday, March 16, 2013: The Athena, Queen Street, LEICESTER, LE1 1QD [9.30PM-3AM http://www.athenacb.co.uk/]


** Use NCP car park next to the venue.
Charge: £30 at the door all night

More Information Visit: http://www.history2013.com/

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