Mtukudzi to star at Drum Beat Festival

Zimbabwe music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi will be one of the star attractions at the fourth edition of the Toyota/Drum Beat Music Festival to be held at the Soweto Theatre on May 10.

Oliver Mtukudzi
Oliver Mtukudzi

The Zimbabwean will line up alongside such South African music household names like Lira and Zahara in a music festival that will feature three stages, 12 acts in one night at an entry charge of only R150. Mtukudzi normally charges an equivalent of R100 when he plays alone in Harare.

This is the first time the sat will take part in the four-year-old festival. Coincidentally, Mtukudzi has shared the stage before with Zahara, and Ringo Mandlingozi. Two of the recent Zahara and Mtukudzi shows at the Harare International Conference Centre and the 7 Arts Theatre were sold out.

Mtukudzi is a popular figure in South Africa where his music dominates most of the night spots. This is not because some of the workers in these places are Zimbabweans nor the fact that there is a huge presence of Zimbabweans in South, but that his music appeals to all.

Other top South African musicians billed to take to the stage on the day include Zakes Batwini, Tumi Molakane, Nancy G, The Soil, Ringo Mandlingozi, Josh Meck, and Reason.

Award winning Lira also has a large following in South Africa since that day in 2003 when she released the chartbusting album All My Love which was followed by multiple awards following the release of her second album Feel Good.

Mtukudzi has just released a compilation of his old songs which drew a fully packed Harare International Conference Centre during its launch on April 17.

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