“Blessings pour as Tuku brings down the house”

Oliver Mtukudzi

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Friday 6th October wasn’t just any other ordinary evening; many flocked to Botswana Craft to watch a groundbreaking performance by Legendary Zimbabwean Jazz Legend Oliver Mtukudzi “Tuku” alongside Botswana’s King of Kwasa, Franco. Although the rain poured down, that didn’t stop us, after all, rain is seen as blessings in our culture and we were surely blessed to relish in that moment. So there we were in an open space, different nationalities, age groups with just one common goal, Live in the music that we have been blessed with,

So there we were in an open space, different nationalities, age groups with just one common goal, Live in the music that we have been blessed with, the music we grew up listening to. Most of Tuku’s music might be in Shona but we sang nonetheless. I still get goose-bumps thinking about the night. A memorable blissful moment with rain drizzling and my high heels killing me, with tears in my eyes I sang like my life depended on it.

Oliver Mtukudzi

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One of the first songs he opened the show with is one of my favourite upbeat feel good songs “Tarirai” and at 65 years old that man still has the moves.

Many will agree with me that “Todii” and “Neria” have made quite an impact, they are actually quite bittersweet, two songs that are a reflection of pain and daily life struggles and have made Oliver Mtukudzi a household name.

Tuku’s music has been quite influential and has shone a light on political issues in Zimbabwe, a man loved by many, and one could possibly call him the heartbeat of Zimbabwe and on Friday we celebrated this heartbeat and honoured him on his birthday. The Mascom Live Sessions Crew brought him a cake and we were all there to bear witness to this heartfelt moment. Words cannot begin to explain the happiness in my soul. With that said, that was the best music festival I have been to thus far, Thank you for the beautiful music Tuku.

Oliver Mtukudzi

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Written by Bosa Sebele
Law Student at the University of Botswana,Pan-African and Human Rights Activist.