Every country has its own musical pride and joy that rises above all elements even time , in South Africa they have the likes of Miriam Makeba and in Mali they have Salif Keita. Here in Zimbabwe we have our very own Oliver Mtukudzi. The chimbambaira chiri mupoto hit maker is celebrating his 65th birthday today , with the annual bash happening at the Pakare Paye Arts Centre in Norton tomorrow.
The event is set to attract a lot of music industry heavy weights like Jah Prayzah , Bulawayo outfit IYASA and international acts, among them South Africa-based JahSeed and Amayenge from Zambia.Other stakeholders in the arts industry, including music promoters, will grace the superstar’s birthday celebrations.
Born on September 22, 1952, in Highfield, Harare, Tuku is considered Zimbabwe’s most renowned and internationally-recognised artiste and a role model on the showbiz scene and off the stage. He began performing in 1977 when he joined the Wagon Wheels, a band that also featured Chimurenga musician Thomas Mapfumo.
With 64 albums to his name, the musician has toured several countries and has been endorsed by many companies as their brand ambassador. He has been to all continents of the world, playing in capitals and top festivals. Tuku has contributed immensely to the nurturing of Zimbabwean music and holds various prestigious positions among them the Goodwill Ambassador for United Nations Children’s Fund and the coveted Cavaliere of the Order of Merit bestowed on him by the Italian government.
Help us celebrate Samanyanga’s birthday , a living Zimbabwe music legend.