MASERU — Zimbabwe’s top musician Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi (pictured right) will perform at the Lesotho Tourism Jazz Festival on Boxing Day.
The 14-hour festival, to be held at the National University of Lesotho campus at Roma, will also feature top acts from South Africa — Freshlyground and Simphiwe Dana.
Mtukudzi’s manager Sam Mataure, who is also the band’s drummer, told Xpress People from South Africa that the Kora Award winner will arrive in Lesotho on Christmas Eve.
Mataure said Mtukudzi had already signed a contract with the festival organisers and air tickets had already been booked for him and his Black Spirits band.
“He will leave Zimbabwe on 24 December on a flight to Johannesburg. The group will then drive to Maseru,” Mataure said.
He said the six-member group will take a week off after their December 18 show in Harare before travelling to Lesotho.
“Mtukudzi has not performed in Lesotho for quite some time so we are planning a massive show,” Mataure said.
“The show is also special for me because this will be the first time I will be performing in Lesotho.
“I want to have good memories of that show.
“We have always strived to give the best and the show on Boxing Day will not be different.
“We want to have a brilliant show and we hope the crowd will be responsive and have a good time with us.
“We promise that it will be a good show because we will give our best as always.”
It has been a busy year for Mtukudzi with concerts in Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
He has produced 57 albums since he started his professional career in 1977 but over the past two years he has been gradually changing his sound to give it a more “acoustic sound”.
His latest album Dairai, released this year, signalled a break from the sound that has defined his music since the 1980s.
He has enriched his sound with the traditional marimba and mbira instruments.
Mataure said Mtukudzi was trying to give his music a strong acoustic feel but still maintain the distinct sound that has made him a regional and international star.