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04/03/2015 00:00:00
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LEGENDARY super star Oliver Mtukudzi & his Black Spirits band will join South African songbird Zahara and her 10 piece band for two UK shows scheduled for London and Birmingham on the Easter Weekend.

This would be the first ever time that Zahara will share a stage with Tuku in UK.

The tour, promoted by the leading UK promoters Icons Of Africa, promises to be one of the biggest Southern Africa gigs in UK this year.

Zimbabweans, South Africans and other nationalities are expected to throng the venues to be wowed by Zahara & Tuku who have done memorable shows in Zimbabwe and South Africa before.

Icons of Africa spokesman and radio legend Ezra Tshisa Sibanda said, '' There is no better combination to entertain revellers in Easter than pitting Southern African's best acoustic guitarists Tuku & Spinach (Zahara nickname) together, it’s the battle of the acoustics."

The Lolive & Incwad' Encane hit-maker Zahara said of the coming tour: “I love the atmosphere of sharing the stage with Africa's legend Oliver Mtukudzi.

“l always feel good playing alongside Tuku and I feel so much at home."

The evergreen Oliver Mtukudzi said: "I have watched Zahara perform on many occasions and she has always been impressive.

“She is one hell of a talent and UK people won’t be disappointed.”

Zahara, real name Bulelwa Mkutukana, hails from Cape Town and was born on November 9, 1987. She has proved to be the biggest female artiste South Africa has had since the demise of Brenda Fassie.

She made history when her debut album “Loliwe” sold over 200,000 copies in South Africa alone. The only other female artiste to achieve such a feat in South Africa in recent years was Fassie.

But unlike Fassie, who was considered to be wild and outrageous with very outspoken views about life in the townships, Zahara enjoys popularity with more gentle soulful songs such as ‘Lengoma’, ‘Umthwalo’, ‘Incwadi Encane’, ‘Thekwana’ and the album’s title track ‘Loliwe’.

On 1 May 2012, at the annual South African Music Awards, Zahara won eight awards, including ‘Best Female Artist’ and ‘Album of the Year’ for the album ‘Loliwe’.

She has just won Metro FM Award for best selling downloads for her latest album ‘Phendula’.

Said Tshisa Sibanda: "Zahara means shining, and this lady is really a shining star.


“She is truly one of Africa's hidden treasures, the world needs to get acquainted with her beautiful music.”

As for Tuku, the veteran singer has seen it all in music, winning award after award throughout the world and proving to be a fatherly figure to upcoming artistes.

Tuku is expected to feature songs from his latest album ‘Mukombe Wemvura’ and his classic hits from previous albums.

The Shamiso Pata Pata hitmaker, who has a huge UK fan base, has been has been the most successful and most sought after African artist in UK.

Many music lovers have a genuine admiration for Mtukudzi’s and Zahara’s works. They are true artists, they both love what they do, and express it effortlessly.

The first show is scheduled for London on Friday, 3 April 2015, at the Oasis Banqueting Suite, Barking Essex.

Tuku and Zahara will the stage their second show in Birmingham on Saturday, 4 April 2015, at the Tower Ballroom.

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