Mtukudzi’s video exposes family cracks
By Blessing Masakadza
A video of the late music superstar and national hero Oliver Mtukudzi promoting the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) scheduled for March 29 has appeared online, stirring people’s emotions.
Posted on the official Tuku Music social media pages, the video seems to expose cracks in the late musician’s family as it is promoting the South Africa gig at the expense of the Selmor Mtukudzi-led gig set for the same day at Andy Millar Hall.
While Selmor has the sympathy of the fans and the old Black Spirits band members, the other faction has used the video of the late musician inviting people to the festival, a video which was done before his death.
The video has seen the late musician’s followers being taken back into mourning, remembering Tuku’s music while others take it as a plot to scuttle the scheduled Selmor gig.
Black Spirits manager Walter Wanyanya was not picking his phone when contacted for comment.
After the musician’s death, a number of events were held as tribute to him with Selmor and her sister participating at one of the events in South Africa.
However, a message appeared on the Tuku social media pages, trashing all the other events saying the first of such events will be the Cape Town Jazz Festival where Tuku was supposed to showcase.
They announced that the late musician’s band, the Black Spirits, will participate at the festival.
“We are still trying to come to terms with the loss of our pillar of strength and as such, we have not engaged any organisation or individual to organise, plan any events on behalf of and for the Mtukudzi family here in Zimbabwe and elsewhere.
“We would like to distance ourselves from any events or gatherings that are being held in the name of the Mtukudzi family as we are still grieving.
“All events that have the endorsement of Tuku Music and the Mtukudzi family will be posted on the official Tuku Music social media pages, the first such official event being the Cape Town Jazz Festival that Dr Mtukudzi was meant to have performed at this year and the show will now be a celebration of his life in music by his backing band, the Black Spirits,” read the message.
uku was supposed to be part of the festival where he was supposed to perform with singer-songwriter Vusi Mahlasela.
CTIJF management confirmed the line-up for the commemorative tribute, billed as Tuku Music: A Celebration of Oliver Mtukudzi’s Life through his Music, will fill Mtukudzi’s original slot on Saturday, March 30.
Mahlasela will be joined on stage by rising crooner Mbeu, Maduvha and Berita. DailyNews