Tuku stands the test of time

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - COMMENT - Mu­sic Fan

EDITOR — The lo­cal mu­sic in­dus­try has had dif­fer­ent phases where cer­tain gen­res have dom­i­nated a cer­tain pe­riod.

There are artistes who have reached the top and faded in the wind over the years, but there is one leg­endary artiste who has man­aged to stay rel­e­vant ever since burst­ing on the scene.

Dr Oliver Mtukudzi is one mu­si­cian who never ceases to amaze me.

There was a time when Zim­dance­hall came and took over and we all thought that the likes of Dr Tuku would soon be a thing of the past, but that has not been the case.

This man seems to be get­ting bet­ter with age if his in­ter­na­tional ex­ploits are any­thing to go by. One thing that I have come to ap­pre­ci­ate is the fact that he is now putting more ef­fort in the devel­op­ment of lo­cal art, mak­ing use of his re­sources and in­flu­ence in that re­gard.

There are nu­mer­ous in­ter­na­tional tours where he has roped in sev­eral up­com­ing artistes so that they also get ex­posed out there.

Just re­cently, he hosted the Solo Fest where lo­cal artistes got to share the stage with in­ter­na­tional artistes.

Dr Tuku should be given more credit for his con­tri­bu­tion to the lo­cal mu­sic in­dus­try.

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