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Sickly Mtukudzi to continue with shows

By Bruce Ndlovu

Music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi feels he is strong enough to fulfill his gig diary despite a flu bug that got him down.

Zimbabwe music legend Oliver Mtukudzi
Zimbabwe music legend Oliver Mtukudzi

Tuku failed to turn up at Chinhoyi’s CSC club, where he was scheduled to perform alongside Jah Prayzah and Sulumani Chimbetu.

This was not the first time that the veteran musician failed to turn up for a show. In February this year citing illness, he missed a show in which he was expected to play alongside South Africa’s Ringo in Bulawayo.

On both occasions the superstar cited flu as the reason he failed to perform, although February’s no-show was also attributed to his well known diabetic condition whose symptoms also lead to extreme exhaustion.

Tuku’s manager and drummer Sam Mataure said the superstar was well on his way to recovery thus they were not looking to decrease his workload by postponing or cancelling more shows.

“We are carrying on with our scheduled shows as had been advertised because this was just a minor illness that doesn’t warrant that we cancel any more shows,” he said.

Mataure reiterated that the superstar’s workload was at a manageable and reasonable level, and thus they did not feel the need to revise his performance schedule.

“This was just a minor flu and we are not attributing the cancellation of the shows on fatigue or exhaustion. We can’t attribute what he has been going through to fatigue because there is nothing like that,” he said.

Mataure said like Bulawayo, Chinhoyi would also get another date after last weekend’s cancellation, although nothing has been settled so far. B Metro