After a very successful year of international touring which included performances in Canada, the USA, Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and an open-air performance at Zimfest 2008, Oliver Mtukudzi or ‘Tuku’, as he is affectionately known, has had a very busy year. His unique brand of Tuku Music-which is a combination of Mbaqana, guitar and traditional instruments and Oliver’s deep soulful vocals has been gaining mass appeal globally making him Zimbabwe’s truly international superstar. Mtukudzi has released a staggering 55 albums in his thirty year career in music and is due to release his 56th ‘Dairai’ before the end of the year.See www.tukumusic.com
Few doubt the immense talent that is Alick Macheso.Known also known as ‘Cheso Power’. Much like Oliver Mtukudzi, he sings, plays guitar and dances. Macheso has been hailed as the King of Sungura Music-a very popular, heavily guitar-based genre of Zimbabwean music. He has been recording and performing for nearly a decade, has released several albums with his group Orchestra Mberikwazvo and has toured extensively within southern Africa the UK and the United States. He is responsible for the popular ‘Razor Wire’, a dance craze that has swept the streets of Harare. See www.chesopower.co.zw
Joab Mugugu from Phab Entertainment says: “We are very thrilled to bring together Zimbabwe’s biggest artistes together performing on the same stage to the UK audience. The last time that Oliver Mtukudzi and Alick Macheso shared the stage here was both electrifying and an instant sell-out and so we are looking for these two shows to be even bigger and better. It will be the biggest end of year party.”
The two shows mark the second time the two popular Zimbabwean artistes have shared the stage in front of a UK audience.
Concert information as follows:
Date: Friday 21st November 2008
Venue: Athena Arena,
Time: 8pm till late
Date: Saturday 22nd November 2008
Venue: Stratford Rex
361-375 Stratford High Street
Time: 10pm till late
Tickets: £25 Advance (contact 07799 066 075 or 07985 568 995 for ticket information).
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