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Tuku and Macheso invade UK for massive album launches


Performing in Finland before travelling to UK for joint Macheso show ... Oliver Mtukudzi

21/07/2016 00:00:00
by Ezra Tshisa
 
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UK revellers will, at the end of this month, welcome Zimbabwe’s finest musicians Oliver Mtukudzi and Alick Macheso in great anticipation of the launch of the most talked about hot sizzling albums by the two giants.

East Midlands, the City of Leicester is the place to be on Saturday the 30th of July 2016 and music fans can't wait, organisers have said.

The two artists will also be involved with a lot of humanitarian work. Mtukudzi is UNICEF Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa, focusing on young people's development, and HIV and AIDS prevention while Alick Macheso is humanitarian ambassador for Red Cross.

Organisers say the artists are geared up to give UK fans some memorable performances, adding “they always have the energy, are full of life, and both coordinate well with their vocals, guitarists and backing vocalists.

“They have never disappointed and are always flawless.”

Mtukudzi has decided to launch his new album in Leicester, in front of his UK fans. The album is titled Ehe Nhai Yahwe and has 10 tracks.

A singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, Mtukudzi is a maverick in the folk music world. By turns, he picks his unmistakable acoustic guitar to accompany an ancient ballad, sings a witty song about modern life, plays a sweet African melody on guitar, swings a hot jazz number, and then reaches deep for a soulful expression of values in a troubled world.

He tops it all with a fiddle tune or Tozeza Baba, a family song, all skillfully blended into a seamless flow.

Last year when he was in the UK, one fan said; “Its music from the heart that hits you right between the eyes”.

It's hard to imagine another artist on the folk scene who combines the same concise, deceptively understated, lyrical insight and sometimes devastating wit with such world-class instrumental prowess.

It's not just a wealth of musical styles or his smooth and expressive voice that have made Watitsvata hit-maker such a fine artist.

His songs, which range from thoughtful, to the silly and the poetic, show that he knows his way around the Zimbabwean and African culture just as well as he knows his way around a fretboard.

Tuku. who will perform in Finland on Friday 29 July 2016 before his joint show with Macheso in Leicester on Saturday said; “It’s always a pleasure to perform with Alick Macheso who is currently on top of his game and UK fans are in for a great treat.



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“We will do what we always do - entertain them and we know most of these gigs are nostalgic to them. l will take them down memory lane and also play songs from my latest Album which I will be launching on the same night.

“The launch will also see the album released on the same weekend in Zimbabwe while its launch in Zim is expected later in the year. Tuku went on to add ‘’to my fans, our bond is beyond politics and unhealthy rhetoric. I appreciate every single one of you and God bless you.”


Alick Macheso

For his part, Sungura music guru Alick Macheso has once again sent the nation talking, proving that he is not a spent force after all with his fascinating new album.

At one time his career had taken a deep plunge, but Sungura musician Macheso seems to have struck the right chord following the release of the album Tsoka Dzerwendo.

The six-track offering, which was released early this year, has become a hit with most songs currently rocking national radio and booming in public transport, shops, bars and high-density suburbs.

Tsoka Dzerwendo sold close to 100,000 copies on the first day of its release, which was followed by a massive album launch at Harare International Conference Centre four days later.

Since then, Macheso has regained his mojo, earning accolades as one of the most sought-after musicians.

In a telephone interview with Macheso from his home town of Chitungizwa, the Sungura maestro said; “While I entertain people which is what I was born to do, I also help the needy by donating some of the proceeds I realise from gigs and album sales”.

He went on to thank music fans from all over the world for the for the support they give him in appreciating his music.

“The UK is like a home to me. The fans are absolutely amazing; they sing along to my music and it gives me so much strength to go crazy on stage,” he said.

“I am promising fireworks playing new songs from my Album and some old classic hits, kana ndina Mudhara Tuku unoziva kunenge kwaipa.”

A spokesperson for the promoters Icons of Africa and Phab Entertainment, Miss Yvonne Mashonganyika added: “The new albums from the two Zim Icons will be available for sale during the tour and tickets for the Leicester Show are now out and available at the usual ticket outlets.

“There will be plenty of surprises on the night and some lucky fans will win cash or holiday vouchers courtesy of our sponsors.”

Macheso will perform a solo show in Leeds on Friday, 29 July, 2016 while Tuku will be performing in Finland on the same day before the two clash on Saturday in Leicester for a mouth-watering gig which has all the ingredients of a thriller.

Tickets are now out at www.iconsafrica.com.


 
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