Keep fire burning, Tuku tells Mukanya

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SUPERSTAR Oliver Mtukudzi has urged Zimbabwean artistes to remain focused and maintain originality.
Tuku, in his New Year’s message for 2014 released on Tuesday, also sent a word of encouragement to fellow granddad of Zimbabwean music, exiled Chimurenga icon Thomas Mapfumo saying “Let’s keep the fire burning”.
In the letter where he thanked Zimbabweans at home and abroad, Samanyanga (the musician’s totem) highlighted his two tribute events held last year in Harare as some of the greatest moments in 2013.
A tribute dinner was held for the musician to celebrate his 61st birthday at the Rainbow Towers Hotel (formerly Sheraton Hotel) in the Zimbabwean capital city on September 26.
The following day a host of local artistes that included BaShupi, Munya Mataruse, Tehn Diamond, Prayer Soul, Cynthia Mare, Junior Brown, Sulumani Chimbetu, Jah Prayzah, Tariro Ruzvidzo, Ammara Brown, Dudu Manhenga, Steve Makoni, Prayersoul Mtungamiri and Alick Macheso joined Tuku on stage in a stylish manner all backed by the musician’s band to celebrate his birthday at the Harare International Conference Centre.
South Africans Hugh Masekela, Steve Dyre and Judith Sephuma were the foreign acts together with Mozambican Stewart Sukuma, South Africa based Zimbabwean Berita Khumalo and Kenyans Eric Wanaina and Suzana Owiyo.
The musician is currently on tour in the United States of America and will return to Zimbabwe in April.Advertisement