Superstar, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi who turns 65 in September will celebrate his birthday in style with a performance at the annual Gwanda Gospel Festival next month.
Festival organisers said the Unicef Goodwill Ambassador who is regarded by many as a social evangelist due to his music which is replete with messages that touch on different issues in society, has been chosen to lead a field of other gospel artistes because of his impressive discography which contains both gospel and secular music.
The two-day festival which is now in its third edition will start on September 1 and will once again be held at the Pelandaba Stadium in the mining town. It will run under the theme: “It’s here, feel it” with more than 10 renowned gospel artistes from South Africa also billed to perform.
A marquee for VVIP and VIP guests will once again be erected as well as a state-of-the-art stage with the team setting up expected to arrive in the country next week from South Africa to start work.
Tuku will be joined on stage by gospel greats, ZimPraise, Mahendere Brothers, ZCC Mbungo Stars, Tholakele Dhlamini, Knowledge Nkiwane and Judith Moyo from Gwanda, among an array of local musicians.
“Last year, the Gwanda Gospel Festival used Tuku’s soulful song, Hear Me Lord (I am Feeling Low) as a signature tune as well as for branding during the three-day concert so we decided, why not invite and have the superstar perform live,” said event organiser – Bigtime Strategic Group founder, Justice Maphosa.