Mtukudzi Speaks On Son's Death And His Music

In a message made available to RadioVOP, Mtukudzi said:”Two major musical projects were outstanding and concurrent in 2010. Perekedza Mwana was my late son Sam’s idea. His desire was that I accompany him to the old and far flung venues where I performed in the formative years of my career – places like Mushandirapamwe Hotel in Highfield, Chivhu, Mupandawana in Gutu, Mabvuku in Harare and many other places.

“I supported the concept because I believed in its great potential to help mentor my son and other young artists and enlighten them on the virtues of humble beginnings.”

He remembers the time in which he happily “went on the road together with Sam performing starting with Mushandirapamwe which sold out and brought back so many memories for me.”

The hotel was the venue for artists of my generation in the pre-1980 independence era. It was acknowledged then that If you didn’t play there as an artist you hadn’t played music.

Mtukudzi said: “The plan was that we hit the likes of Chivhu next with Perekedza Mwana. But then we had to do together with Sam another concept again Nzou neMhuru before continuing with Perekedza Mwana.”

Nzou neMhuru was a theatrical musical production shot on location and simply celebrated the blessing and gift of family hood.

Tuku said “There was nothing for me to celebrate the traditional birthday bashes in recognition of my birthday in September in the same year of my son’s departure. And so I cancelled the birthday bashes that would have seen me performing in Harare, Chitungwiza, Norton and other cities in honour of my departed son.

“I released Sam’s second album Cheziya and sadly posthumously in September. The same evening of the album launch we held in Norton a commemorative show Wednesday to Remember Sam.

“I miss my son. I will continue his legacy. But to unlock myself from the loss is not possible.”

Mtukudzi made a revelation that Sheer Sound, in South Africa, acknowledged his 600 000 record sales units in that country in the last 10 years making Tuku the biggest selling African artist, excluding South Africans themselves, in the last decade.