Tuku 65th birthday bash
18 September 2017
TOP Zambian pop outfit, Amayenge, rekindle their romance with locals when they headline Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi’s 65th birthday celebrations slated for Pakare Paye in Norton this Saturday.
Tuku turns 65 on Friday with the celebrations slated for Saturday where a number of local acts will provide cover.
Man of the moment Jah Prayzah, Bulawayo’s most sought after dance group Iyasa, Hitondo and Pakare Paye products are also part of the bill.
But it should be mentioned that all the attention would be on Amayenge who are set to renew their romance with locals, especially those in love with old school music.
Show coordinator and Tuku Music representative, Faith Kadzura confirmed Amayenge’s visit saying her team had already done all the ground work.
“We do expect them (Amayenge) on Friday for the birthday bash to be held Saturday at Pakare Paye.
“It has become Tuku’s tradition to invite his friends in music each time he celebrates his birthdays.
“This year he invited Amayenge and it is our hope fans will enjoy the show as the group is known for their acts which are well choreographed,” she said.
Kadzura said Tuku was humbled by the support he has been receiving over the years from fans and fellow musicians.
“Mdhara is grateful for the support he has been receiving over the years and he urges fans to show up in numbers.
“Gates will be opened early with the show starting around 6pm where fans will have to pay an appreciation fee of $5 to catch all the action.
“We want many people to come and celebrate with Tuku and that’s why we are charging $5 appreciation fee per head which is reasonable considering that many people are failing to make ends meet owing to the challenges we face.”
Over the years, Tuku has ensured that he invites international and regional artistes to spice up his birthday celebrations.
Top South African crooners like Ringo, Judith Sephuma, and Steve Dyer are some of the revered performers to have graced Tuku’s previous birthday bashes over the years.
With Amayenge coming for this year’s edition, Tuku continues to forge alliance with regional artistes, which has also helped him to increase his fan bases.
Formed in 1978 in Choma, the group is famed for popular hits like “Batata Baliya”,”Kawaya Waya”, “Chimbulunge”,”Mazela mazela”, “Chibuyu Buyu”, “Bako Bami” among others from their impressive catalogue.