Music should give life to listeners: Tuku
6 October 2017
LEGENDARY musician, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, says music should give hope and life to listeners.
Tuku said this as a guest speaker at the Music Crossroads workshop held on Wednesday in the capital.
The workshop was part of the Musica Festival which ends on Saturday where South African group, MiCasa, is also billed to perform.
Local acts Prudence Katomene Mbofana, Dudu Manhenga, Sebede and Claudius Mubaiwa attended the workshop as the music icon spoke on the aspect of arts.
Speaking during the question and answer segment, Tuku said:
“We do not sing for ourselves but the music we produce should give life and hope to the listeners.
“When you want to be an artiste one has to know that there is no salary but appreciation.
“Music is not about money and fame but singing is about healing people.”
Tuku hailed female artistes for their resilience in the male dominated field.
Speaking on the sidelines of the workshop, Director of Music Crossroads Melody Zambuko gave an insight of the festival.
“Normally when a festival happens, festivities are like a cluster of activities so being a music festival you will see performances but outside of them there are other things that happen so this Musica Festival has got the ‘performance concept’ of international artistes mainly from Italy.
“It is not only the performance concept but the collaboration concept with the festival deliberately encourages the local artiste to have a feel of international performance and level of professionalism that comes with it,” she said.
“The workshop is one of the main activities that happen here at Musica Festival and it is a belief by the management team of the festival of what can be done to enhance our local artiste.
“So this is a good platform to exchange of ideas between local and international artiste.”