Top acts at Tuku festival

Preparations for this year’s edition of the Spar Solo Festival scheduled for Oliver Mtukudzi’s Pakare Paye Centre in Norton have gained momentum with organisers revealing at least 25 artists have confirmed their participation at the eagerly-awaited event.

Oliver Mtukudzi
Oliver Mtukudzi

Among the artists scheduled to perform on December 3 are South Africa’s popular jazz musician, Steve Dyer, a long-time friend of Mtukudzi’s, and Kenyan songstress, Suzanna Owiyo.

“We will soon be announcing the rest of the names of the performing artists for this year. But as you may know by now we have already confirmed the participation of SA’s Steve Dyer and Kenya’s Suzanna Owiyo. We also have young artists from South Africa in line with our vision to develop young talent. In the same vein Pakare Paye Arts Centre also provides the platform for all ages of upstarts seeking to grow their individual talents,” read a statement posted on the legendary Zimbabwean musician’s official website.

The festival is a brainchild of Mtukudzi, Zimbabwe’s most successful musician, to provide a forum for individual artists to develop more confidence and faith in themselves.

This year, the event will feature comedy, dance, drama, poetry, story-telling, instrumentation, and martial arts, organisers said.

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