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Tuku in Bulawayo make amends show
13/03/2015 00:00:00
by Showbiz Reporter

SUPERSTAR Oliver Mtukudzi, who left his Bulawayo fans disappointed after he failed to make an appearance alongside South African Afrojazz maestro, Ringo Madlingozi, will make amends when he performs in the city on March 20.

Tuku, as he is affectionately known, failed to perform at a pre-Valentine bash at the Large City Hall after he fell ill hours before the show. 

One not to disappoint his growing fan base, Tuku returns to Bulawayo where he will perform alongside Sulumani "Sulu" Chimbetu.

The show will be held at the Large City Hall and is expected to start at 8pm.

In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com, the show's publicist Nkululeko Sibanda confirmed that all was in place for the night.

"After Tuku failed to come and perform, we engaged his management and they said it was a natural problem where he was taken ill hours before his performance and there was nothing they could do as he had been advised by his doctors to rest. 

"What was agreed was that they will come back and compensate for that show and they gave us the new date, 20 March," said Sibanda. 

Quizzed why they had settled for Sulu as a supporting act, Sibanda said they had done a small survey and Sulu was the crowd favourite. 

"We did a research and asked people around which artist they would want as a supporting artist to Tuku and it appeared that Sulumani emerged as the popular act. We then started engagements and luckily we managed to get him on that date," he said.

Further quizzed why they had not roped in Bulawayo based artists to open for Tuku, Sibanda claimed they charged seemingly exorbitant performance fees.

"The challenge basically with most of these acts is that first and foremost the charge that you get for their acts is way too high at a certain point when you looking at this business where you need to balance the gate revenue and that of the bar," said Sibanda. 

Tuku and Sulu have shared the stage in many events before and their rendition of the late Sam Mtukudzi's Chii Chanetsa Baba, has won them a lot of admiration with the latter at one being touted as a replacement of Sam, who passed away in a road accident in 2010. 

Fans will hope they rekindle the same magic when they share the stage in Bulawayo. 


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