Tuku set for ‘Down Under’ invasion

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OLIVER “Tuku” Mtukudzi, arguably the most powerful creative force to emerge from Zimbabwe in the last three decades, will invade the Australian sub-continent this November to cap an enthralling year in which he celebrated his 61st birthday.
Carefully balancing compelling rhythms and accessible melodies with insightful lyrics, the Zimbabwean music legend will return to Australia for the first time since 2008, his promoters confirmed in a statement.
Tobias Mahohoma, Millenium Promotions spokesperson for the tour promoters, said Tuku will embark on the captivating Australian Tour that will see him criss-cross the sub-continent) in four energy sapping days.
The tour kicks off with a performance on 7 November at Ascot Racecourse in Perth which will be followed by another gig in Sydney at Roxy Hotel a day later.
The superstar will also perform at the Forum Melbourn in Melbourne on November 9th and before winding up the tour with a show at the aptly named Tempo Hotel in Brisbane.
The Black Spirits frontman, with 61 albums under his belt has promised his fans, high energy tightly choreographed sharp performances spiced up by his trademark ‘cough’.
“As always expected from ‘Tuku’ the legend has promised completely different shows, high energy tightly choreographed sharp songs featuring Mtukudzi’s raspy vocal and trademark cough,” Mahohoma said.
Mtukudzi’s career involves 61 albums, a number of feature films including the blockbuster Neria and the development of a musical style that is recognised as a style of his own.
While the rhythms have made Tuku music unique, it is his lyrics that have built his following in Zimbabwe. Equally popular with men and women, Oliver Mtukudzi is a story teller par-excellence preferring parables about simple values of right and wrong and everyday experiences.
Tuku once said of his music, “I hate songs that only work for a particular period … A song has to work yesterday, today and tomorrow”.
A United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) Goodwill Ambassador, Mtukudzi is also a socio-political commentator of international acclaim. He was the first artist to sing about the AIDS crisis in Zimbabwe at a time when it the subject appeared to be taboo in celebrity circles – no doubt the death of close family and band members gave him extra resolve.Advertisement

This year Mtukudzi has also toured Canada and the United Kingdom where he left fans in awe after breath-taking performances.
Perth Show
Date: 7 November 2013
Venue: Ascot Racecourse
71 Grandstand Road Ascot
Tickets: or 045 019 7701
Sydney Show
Date : 8 November 2013
Venue: The Roxy Hotel
69 George street Parramatta
Tickets: or 0449 850 833
Melbourne show
Date: 9 November 2013
Venue: Forum Melbourne
154 Flinders st
Tickets: or 0438 889 916
Brisbane Show
Date: 10 November 2013
Venue: The Tempo Hotel
388 Brunswick St. Fortitude Valley
Tickets: or 07 3420 3422
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