From Star Tribune Big Gigs: ”A veteran of 60-plus albums, and an occasional feature film star,Oliver Mtukudzi brings the music of Zimbabwe to the world. Known simply as “Tuku,” he’s a revered singer, a distinctive acoustic guitarist and longtime leader of the folksy groove band the Black Spirits. Although he always includes messages in his songs, the lyrics generally address social welfare topics without getting into overt politicking — unlike his famous bandmate of decades past, Thomas Mapfumo, who’s now in exile. Here’s a legend of Afro-pop, in an intimate setting”
About Oliver Mtukudzi
Zimbabwe’s legendary guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Oliver Mtukudzi (affectionately called “Tuku” by his fans) is one of the most powerful creative forces to emerge in the Afro-pop scene in the last three decades. His music mixes hypnotic guitar loops, percussive beats, and the African thumb piano with his soulful voice and vocal harmonies to superb effect. Tall, slim and handsome, with a big stage presence, an easy manner, and a slick line in dance moves, his live performances pack houses in prestigious stages around the world from the Barbican in London to the Millennium Park in Chicago.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“A gorgeous night of polyrhythmic grooves.” —New York Times
“… slinky, wiggly, good time music, with irresistible rhythms that Mtukudzi may change up several times in a song without losing the flow, his acoustic guitar jingling against a fluid, polyrhythmic backbeat for unique sound dubbed Tuku music.” -No Depression