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Zim ambassador Tuku wows fans in Malawi

Posted by CM on June 20, 2007


by Levi Kabwato

When he eventually made his stage appearance just before 8pm, he forced a standing ovation and sent the crowd cheering. It was a warm welcome for him.Donning a brilliant white outfit and the traditional skull cap, guitar in hand, poise flowing all over him, he jovially wiggled his way to the stage, bringing more cheer and delight to the audience that turned up to watch and hear his lyrical mastery.

Not to be outdone, the Black Spirits, six of them on stage, were notholding anything back. They were promising to deliver an electrifying show.

But, as it turned out, it was much more than that. Many people had come to the show with the thrill of November 2005 still fresh in their minds. Many more had hoped that the show would be impressive.Yet words, strong as they are, may not suffice to describe the kind of show Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits put up at the French Cultural Centre.

It was Tuku as we have never seen him before. This was an all-new Oliver Mtukudzi; a younger, fresher Black Spirits, a package that is every artiste’s dream, every band’s burning desire and every fan’s wish for lyrical pleasure and stage amusement come true.

“We’re so happy to be back home,” Mtukudzi announced to the audience, a few minutes into his performance. He was referring, of course to the fact that he considers Malawi his second home after Zimbabwe.

And so happy was Mukoma Tuku, as they dotingly call him, that he put up probably his best-ever performance in Malawi. He danced energetically, sang with flaming passion and surpassed the prowess displayed by the Oliver of two years ago. Once he sang the first song, the crowd got up to their feet and totally forgot about their seats.

Malawi Daily Times

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