Zim legends to share stage . . . First time in decades

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Jonathan Mbiriyamveka

Harare – Zimbabwe’s music superstars Oliver Tuku Mtukudzi and Thomas Mukanya Mapfumo are billed to share the stage at a concert dubbed Big Bira scheduled for Glamis Arena on April 28 in Harare.   

The much-anticipated clash on home soil brings a lot of fond memories before Dr Mapfumo relocated to the United States in self-imposed exile.

Already word on the streets is that the concert has been renamed TukuMukanya (We’ll spoil you in colloquial Shona).

Dr Mapfumo has been living in Oregon for the last 14 years where he was also touring and teaching mbira at different universities.

He has not set foot since that time and the closest he performed at home was when he staged a concert last year across the Limpopo where things went haywire due to poor marketing.

However, this time, Dr Mapfumo also known by such sobriquets as Hugo Hurricane or Gandanga will be all out to prove a thing or two since his long absence on Zimbabwe’s mainstream music scene.

In his previous interview with Gem Nation News, Dr Mapfumo made it clear that he was homesick and wished to come back                home.

“My wish is to come back to Zimbabwe, there is no place like home, but the country has become inhabitable due to Mugabe’s misrule and bad policies,” Dr Mapfumo said.    

“Racial discrimination, I don’t take nonsense, I have never experienced it, I don’t even entertain it.”

Dr Mapfumo is currently hitting the airwaves with the politically and socially charged album titled Danger Zone.

It’s a pity the album never got enough airplay locally.

One of the tracks on the album is ‘Chauya Chauya kuZimbabwe Kusiri Kufa Ndekupi’ which has political undertones on Zimbabwe and provides power for positive change and unity.

That said, Mtukudzi is the opposite of Dr Mapfumo in that his messages  are subtle.

He now runs his Pakare Paye Arts Centre in Norton where he nurtures young talents in various arts disciplines.

Entertainment Republic who are organizing the Big Bira confirmed the concert via their Facebook account.

“On behalf of Entertainment Republic, Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, & Chimurenga Music Company We wish to officially announce that Dr Thomas Tafirenyika Mukanya Mapfumo & Dr Oliver Mutukudzi will be performing in Zimbabwe on Saturday 28th of April 2018 in Harare at Glamis Arena.

“We are excited that the 2 Legends will be performing together after more than a decade,” the statement read.

Tickets are starting from US$10 going upwards while doors open at 6pm.

 

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