The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Tuku Returns to Work, Well

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An Oliver Mtukudzi collection CD cover.

Superstar Oliver Mtukudzi is alive and yesterday returned to work after he suffered severe exhaustion due to his diabetic condition at the weekend. Mtukudzi who is affectionately known as Tuku by his fans, was forced to cancel all his weekend shows to allow him enough time to rest.

"Ah! Inga ndakati kana ndafa ndichakufonerayi wani. Anyway I am in the middle of a meeting I will talk to you later," he said when this reporter called him.

Tuku's publicist Shepherd Mutamba yesterday confirmed the Todii hitmaker had been forced to slow down due to exhaustion but had fully recovered and geared up for his upcoming shows.

"Tuku is diabetic and from time to time the condition causes severe exhaustion.

"On Saturday he performed in the afternoon but could not do the evening show and Sunday's gig as he needed to rest.

"He is fine now and in the office working.

"On Friday he will be in Mabvuku and Sunday he performs in Chitungwiza before heading to Kenya," Mutamba said.

He, however, apologised to fans and event managers for missing the shows saying they would make it up for them.

The no-show sent gig promoters into a panic mode and speculation was rife in the media over Tuku's illness.

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