Zimbabwean musician Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi and his band, the Black Spirits, currently on tour in the United States will make a welcome return to Canada this month where he is expected to stage three gigs. Tuku’s first show is slated for Vancouver on August 16 starting at 8pm then he heads to Winspear Centre in Edmonton the next day and rounds up his performances in Toronto at the Danforth Music Hall with the show starting at 7pm.
The concerts are being presented by African Canadian Arts Society supported by Slice International as well as Stamcan. Proceeds from the concerts will go towards organisations working with orphans and challenged children in Zimbabwe.
Tinos “Slicey T” Viriri of Slice International said they have also organised gigs for Zimbabwean artistes, namely Nox and dancehall chanter Freeman.
“Next artistes billed to thrill Zimbabweans in Canada are Nox and Freeman before end of the year, I’m negotiating with American and Jamaican artistes who will work with these humble young brothers of mine. Nox and Freeman,” said Slicey T.
Slicey T was a member of the famed group Slice International based in Chitungwiza.
The boy band shot to fame with their hit song “Ndiwe” in the early 1990s.
He said as an artiste he would continue to encourage young artistes to be humble and not to take fans for granted.
“It is always good to learn from musical greats like Tuku and others who have made it in music, It is my hope that the youthful artistes will continue to be creative and also to learn to separate business and pleasure,” he said.
Tuku and the Black Spirits will be touring Canada due to public demand. The last time he group performed in that country, fans had a great time.
Recently Samanyanga was inducted into the Afro-pop Hall of Fame in the United States. Previous inductees include Zimbabwe’s Thomas Mapfumo,
Senegal’s Youssou N’Dour, Oumou Sangare and Angelique Kidjo.
The honour is bestowed on contemporary African artistes who not only excelled artistically, but who also played a big role in connecting American audiences to Africa and African culture.
Afropop Worldwide, which was launched in 1988, is distributed by PRI Public Radio International to over 115 stations in the United States, as well as stations in Europe and Africa.
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