…Con­fu­sion over Mtukudzi man­ager po­si­tion

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Soccer Rugby Sport - Bruce Ndlovu

IS it re­ally the end of the road?

While Sam Mataure and Oliver Mtukudzi share per­haps one of the most en­vied re­la­tion­ships be­tween artiste and man­ager in lo­cal mu­sic cir­cles, their re­la­tion­ship seemed to have hit rock bot­tom last week when Tuku an­nounced that his long serv­ing man­ager would no longer be in charge of show book­ings.

As ar­guablly the Zim­babwe’s best mu­sic export and a mega star within the coun­try’s bor­ders, Tuku’s an­nounce­ment sent shock­waves across the world of show­biz as many spec­u­lated on what had led to this sud­den an­nounce­ment.

Mataure has been a vi­tal cog in the Tuku Musik jug­ger­naut, be­com­ing a trusted side­kick over the years as both drum­mer and man­ager, mak­ing sure that the mu­sic su­per­star’s needs are taken care of both on and off.

“Please note that with im­me­di­ate ef­fect, all book­ing queries, busi­ness queries for Tuku Mu­sic should be di­rected to +263783341700 or email tuku­mu­sicinfo@ gmail.com.

“Mr Sam Mataure will no longer be tak­ing book­ings for and on be­half of Tuku Mu­sic with im­me­di­ate ef­fect. Thank you for your con­tin­ued sup­port,” read the post on Tuku’s var­i­ous so­cial me­dia pages.

Af­ter the an­nounce­ment, the ru­mour mill went into over­drive, with many ques­tion­ing why Tuku was sud­denly tin­ker­ing with his man­age­ment team.

“Tuku fires man­ager,” screamed on­line blogs, as some con­cluded that Tuku and his lieu­tenant had re­newed the hos­til­i­ties that saw them part ways for the first time in 2011. Mataure had taken over man­age­ment of the Black Spir­its in 2009 af­ter Tuku had shown the door to vet­eran mu­sic man­ager Deb­bie Met­calfe.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Tuku had since ap­pointed Ngoma Ne­hosho founder Wal­ter Wanyanya to fill the po­si­tion va­cated by his erst­while drum­mer. How­ever, when Sun­day Life con­tacted him this week, a tongue tied Wanyanya re­fused to con­firm or deny that he had been given the po­si­tion.

“At this mo­ment I can’t say. I re­ally can’t. Ac­tu­ally you’re the first per­son to call and seek clar­ity on this. Ev­ery­one else has been writ­ing what­ever they want. I was ac­tu­ally out of the coun­try when that an­nounce­ment was made,” said Wanyanya.

Over the past few months, Wanyanya’s in­flu­ence within the Tuku camp seems to have grown, with so­cial me­dia posts of the two to­gether lit­ter­ing the 37-yearold artiste man­ager and pro­moter’s pages. Due to this, Wanyanya said it was easy for peo­ple to as­sume that he had been ap­pointed the new man­ager.

“The as­sump­tion was that be­cause I’m al­ways around Dr Oliver Mtukudzi then I’m the one that must have taken over but that’s not the case,” he said.

De­spite re­fus­ing to rule out the pos­si­bil­ity that he had in fact taken over man­age­rial reins at Tuku Musik, Wanyanya said that Sam Mataure had not been fired.

“I can’t say much but what I can in­deed tell you is that Sam Mataure hasn’t been fired. Some­one just took Tuku’s state­ment and in­ter­preted it as him say­ing that Sam has been fired. That’s not true. The state­ment just said that they would be a new team man­ag­ing his book­ings only. If he (Tuku) wanted to say that Sam had been fired he would have said so. If he wanted to say Wanyanya has been ap­pointed he would have said so,” he said.

Mataure’s phone rang unan­swered when he was reached for com­ment.

Wanyanya added that the sud­den an­nounce­ment did not mean there were up­heavals within Tuku’s in­ner cir­cle.

“There is a lot go­ing on so I can’t say much. How­ever, I can tell you that it’s still busi­ness as usual for us. If there’s any­thing more that mud­hara wants to say then you’ll hear from him,” he said. .

De­spite the con­fu­sion, many will no doubt be won­der­ing who the man be­ing touted as the can­di­date for man­ag­ing one of Africa’s mu­sic titans ac­tu­ally is. Wanyanya is the founder of mu­sic de­vel­op­ment and pro­mo­tion com­pany, Ngoma Ne­hosho.

While tak­ing over as Tuku’s man­ager would be his big­gest gig thus far, he is al­ready a proven hand in artiste man­age­ment, as artistes like Pray­er­soul and Bryan K have ben­e­fited from his busi­ness savvy con­nec­tions.

Al­though he seems to have set­tled into a role in the back­ground, like Mataure, Wanyanya is an artiste. If he were to take over, the Tuku Musik man­age­ment but­ton would have been passed from drum­mer to bassist, as Wanyanya started play­ing bass gui­tar at the age of 15 at the Cel­e­bra­tion Church in Harare.

How­ever, it is in busi­ness where he has flexed his mus­cles the most. Wanyanya is the founder and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of TechTools, a com­pany that deals in Ap­ple prod­ucts.

In 2007, the com­pany he first worked for prior to found­ing his own asked him to help start up an­other ac­cred­ited Ap­ple re­seller in Zam­bia, a task he ex­e­cuted with aplomb. He set up Zam­bia’s first and only Ap­ple re­tailer, a com­pany that is still op­er­a­tional to this day. He is also a board mem­ber and di­rec­tor for a hold­ings con­cern that in­cludes a farm, a lodge, casino and game farm.

In 2012 he teamed up with two brothers who are an­i­ma­tion and ad­ver­tis­ing ex­perts to start up an­other busi­ness called Live­cast Me­dia that spe­cialises in out­door dig­i­tal bill­boards and con­tent cre­ation.


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