TUKU DAUGHTER SET TO REMEMBER LATE FATHER WITH NEW ALBUM

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Sinikiwe Marodza

Harare - 23 January marks exactly one year since Africa and the rest of the world lost  music icon and legend, Oliver Tuku Mtukudzi, who succumbed to diabetes.

Mtukudzi was one of the best musicians to emerge from Southern Africa, and was considered to be Zimbabwe’s most renowned music icon of all time.

Apart from a successful music career with over 60 albums to his name, Mtukudzi was a philanthropist, human rights activist, and UNICEF goodwill ambassador for Southern Africa.

 Despite leaving behind what could be termed as big shoes for anyone to fill, it is with no doubt that the Tuku music brand lives on as his daughter, Selmor, through her performances has proved to be a natural successor of the late Tuku music legacy.

Selmor, who started her music career long before her father’s death, is set to unveil a 11-track album titled Dehwe Renzou which was mostly inspired by the death of her late father. Dehwe renzou means skin of an elephant in the Shona language.  Tuku’s totem was elephant.

The late musician’s daughter said she will unveil the new album on 31 January, which is the same month her father passed on, as a way of remembering him. Tuku died on 23 January last year.

The album has songs dedicated to Tuku and Selmor said she worked mostly with those who were close to her father so as to come up with something that would have made Tuku proud, had he been alive.

According to Selmor’s publicist, Reginald Chafunga, the legend’s daughter worked with both local and international artistes and producers to come up with the  album.

“Selmor is currently shuttling between South Africa and Zimbabwe, fine tuning her album with different producers and artistes. She worked with Steve Dyer and Vusi Mahlasela from South Africa, among other artistes, on the upcoming album,” he said.

Chafunga also outlined that despite making sure Tuku music lives on, the late music legend’s daughter is working on becoming her own brand.

“Our vision is to establish Selmor as her own musician. Yes, she is the daughter of Oliver Mtukudzi, but she can’t live in the shadows of her father forever.

“She will keep playing her late father’s songs on live shows because we want to make sure Tuku music lives forever but she will also focus on making her own brand,” Chafunga said.

Although Tuku died with no collaboration or any known music related project with her daughter, Selmor recently posted on her social media platforms that when her father passed on, he had composed a song that was supposed to feature his daughters, including Selmor and her aunt, Bybit, who is Tuku’s sister.

 

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