THE much-vaunted Oliver Mtukudzi birthday bash is finally on tonight at the Glamis Arena. Report by Staff Writer
Tuku, as he is affectionately known, turns 60 tomorrow but the party starts at 4pm today and spills into the early hours of Saturday.
A star studded line-up of artistes, which includes the local coterie of Alick Macheso, Jah Prayzah, Peter Moyo, Diana Samkange, Jeys Marabini, Munya Mataruse, Selmor Mtukudzi and dendera crooners Allan, Sulumani, Tryson and Douglas Chimbetu, will grace the superstar’s birthday celebrations.
Also billed to feature at the bash is Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave, Ex Q, Willom Tight and from South Africa Ringo Madhlingozi, Judith Sephuma, Dorothy Masuka and Steve Dyer.
Tuku is set to be airlifted from his Norton home to Harare following which he will board a motorcade consisting of Jaguar and Range Rover vehicles supplied by Premier Auto and escorted by the police.
Josh Hozheri, one of the organisers of the show, promised a memorable day.
“This is going to be a show of a lifetime for music lovers,” he said.
“After all anything less is unbefitting for the icon that Tuku is to Zimbabwe and Africa as a whole.”
Hozheri said they have ensured three gates at Glamis Arena are opened to allow easy access to the venue while they have engaged a security company to man the external car parks.
Tuku has contributed immensely to the nurturing of Zimbabwean music and holds various prestigious positions among them the Goodwill Ambassador for Unicef and the coveted Cavaliere of the Order of Merit bestowed on him by the Italian government.
The event will also see music lovers witnessing the launch of Sarawoga, Tuku’s latest album and the live DVD recording Nzou Nemhuru Mudanga, which he co-produced with his late son Sam.