World Music: Oliver Mtukudzi and The Black Spirits
at The Lensic
Thursday, March 28, 2013
$20-$40; Member discounts
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Zimbabwe's most successful artist sings in three languages: Shona, Ndebele, and English.
Underwriting for this performance is generously provided by Thornburg Investment Management.
Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi is Zimbabwe’s pride, most successful artist, and national treasure. He is gifted with a deep and gusty voice plus a talent for writing songs that reflect the daily life and struggles of his people. “Tuku” as he is known, began performing in 1977 and has earned a devoted following across Africa and beyond, all the while incorporating elements of different musical traditions. A member of Zimbabwe’s Kore Kore tribe, he sings in the nation’s dominant Shona language as well as Ndebele and English.
Tuku’s music is heavily influenced by a humanist chimurenga ethos, which, in turn, is inspired by the hypnotic rhythms of the mbira (thumb piano). His music also incorporates South Africa mbaqanga, the energetic Zimbabwean pop style known as jit, and the traditional kateke drumming of his clan.
Bonnie Raitt, has not only called Tuku “a treasure,” and recorded a cover of Hear me Lord, but also credits Tuku as the inspiration for her song One Belief Away on her album, Fundamental.
Mtukudzi is a guitarist, vocalist, performer, and composer.