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Zimbabwe: Tuku, the Charambas an Interesting Combination

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Gospel power couple Charles and Olivia Charamba

Preparations are at an advanced stage for a rare family show, where katekwe musician, Oliver Mtukudzi and the first family of gospel, Charles and Olivia Charamba will serenade fans at Richwood Sports Club on December 2.

It will be interesting to see how the three are expected to blend gospel and katekwe to their legions of fans, who will expect nothing, but a high-octane show.

The beauty about the combination is both of them are not minnows on the entertainment circles, as they boasts of years of experience in entertaining their fans, never mind the type of the crowd, the occasion and the place.

The gospel music that would be provided by Olivia and Charles should will warm up the stage, bless the fans, while taking them into a celebratory mood, before Tuku gets on stage to sample a number of his hit songs that have made him a household name.

Tuku as Oliver Mtukudzi is famously known has seen it all in the music and every time he takes to the stage something special is bound to happen, because his shows are unique and always different from previous ones.

In a career that spans several decades, Tuku has a long discography of songs that has consolidated his musical career from the time he started singing back in the 1970's.

On the other hand, the Charambas, who are arguably the most popular couple in gospel in Zimbabwe, are known to deliver the best in live performances.

Backed by The Fishers of Men, the band that has been with them since their formative stages, Charles and his wife Olivia are a joy to watch and their chemistry on and off the stage is amazing.

Their melodious voices and highly charged performances await gospel music lovers come December 2.

Baba Charamba, as his fans call him, has a long list of diverse albums that include chart-toppers like "Vhuserere", "John 3:16", "Verses and Chapters" and "Exodus".

Mai Charamba, who started off as a backing vocalist for the Fishers of Men, will be out to show her own musical prowess.

She boasts of three albums -- "Amen", "Daily Bread" and "The Gospel". Her repertoire includes hits like "Rute", "Zvanga Zvakanaka" and "Africa Restore Identity".

Charles and Olivia have truly used their sungura-inspired beat as a medium through which they reach out to their fans.

"The family show is meant to give our revellers who cannot afford to attend late night shows a chance for them to come and watch the senior superstar in action.

"I am promising our fans that Mtukudzi and the Charambas will be at their usual best on Saturday, so they should come in their numbers and enjoy an afternoon outing together as a family" said Biggie Chinoperekwei, the organiser of the family show.

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