The Herald (Harare)

12 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Tuku Unfazed

Music video by Winky D performing Musarova Bigman ( Resource: Winky D - Musarova Bigman

Oliver Mtukudzi's manager, Sam Mataure, says the Tuku camp will not lose sleep over the small crowds that have been attending their gigs. Mtukudzi's two gigs so far this year have not been well attended due to a number of reasons, but it appears the "Watitsvata" hitmaker is unperturbed by the dwindling support.

Mataure, who was a bit on the defensive, said their main concern was to deliver their best in music and dance.

"You know what? To be honest with you, that few people are attending our shows is the least of our problems.

"As a band we are more than comfortable to play before five, 10 or 20 people for as long as they have a great time. That's all we want," he said.

Mataure was speaking after yet another poorly attended gig held last Friday at Megga 1 Bar in Graniteside, a few kilometres away from Mbare.

Mtukudzi, who is lovingly called Tuku by his legion of fans, shared the stage with Tryson Chimbetu of the Marxist Brothers.

Backed by Enoch Piroro on bass, Strovas Shadaya on percussion and Mataure on drums, Tuku was in top form, but something was lacking in his act.

"It all depends on what kind of gig it is, sometimes we bring a big band and sometimes we even play as a trio," Mataure said.

Perhaps not many people were prepared for the quartet as something was lacking in vocals.

Besides Tuku's baritone voice, the other vocals were not so clear as on the CD.

However, the small crowd danced the night away despite the showers that fell before the gig. The playlist was good and the energy was high on stage with Tuku dancing his "katekwe" in the middle of the stage.

Tuku also performed a number of favourite hits before Tryson aka Dr Nero joined him minutes before he signed off.

Tryson started off his act with new songs off his upcoming album.

One thing is for sure, Tryson is still playing that type of slow dendera, which used to be common with the original Marxist Brothers.

It remains to be seen whether or not he will succeed as his contemporaries are busy revolutionalising the genre.

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