A MASSIVE gig has been lined up for Oliver Mtukudzi’s welcome back show in Harare after his more than three months tour abroad.
Tuku left Harare in January for the United States of America and will be back in Zimbabwe in April after having performed in the Caribbean, United Kingdom and US.
The show, scheduled for Independence Eve at a yet to be confirmed venue, has been dubbed Independence Eve Greatest Hits Concert.
According to Tuku Music, fans of the superstar are going to participate in the selection of the music to be played on the night.
The concert is being put together by Tuku Music in partnership with ZiFM Stereo, Impala Car Rental and Zimbo Jam and will see fans decide on the songs that will be performed during the show.
Tuku said the partners have put together various competitions to enable members of the public to win tickets for the show, trips to some of Zimbabwe’s top tourist destinations, visits to Tuku’s Pakare Paye Arts Centre and other prizes.
“The idea of the concert came about because we always get people asking us why we don’t perform certain songs at our shows,” said Tuku.
“So we decided to give the fans a chance to tell us which songs they want us to perform at this show. All the top songs that they see as our greatest hits, we will perform on the night.”
He said the partnerships were part of the long term vision that Tuku Music has to support various projects that would benefit the music industry.
“As Tuku Music, we can only do well if we build great relationships with our fans and other partners. We have brought in ZiFM, Impala Car Rental and Zimbo Jam as part of our vision for some of the long term projects we have that will help build support structures for the music industry through our work at Pakare Paye,” he said.
One of the campaigns leading up to the Greatest Hits Concerts will see 20 lucky fans win a tour of the Pakare Paye Arts Centre to see the work being done there. This will be topped off by lunch with Tuku himself at the centre’s restaurant.
Tuku and his band, The Black Spirits are currently in the United States of America on a whirlwind tour that will see them performing in ten states and then at the African Music Festival on the idyllic Caribbean island of Montserrat before they head to the United Kingdom for shows on March 21 and 22.Advertisement
They will then head back home to prepare for the April show.
Tuku, who is a UNICEF Ambassador, was also just recently awarded a Global Service Award by the Skagit Valley College in the United States for his “tireless devotion as a champion for the rights of the children in Africa”.
The concert will also be around the same time that the musician is expected to launch his forthcoming album that was recorded days before his departure to the USA.