Oliver Mtukudzi Goes Ahead With SA/UK Tour
According to sources, the star who lost his son in a tragic on a highway near Harare is said to have consulted widely on whether this was the right time to stage the shows.
Sam (22) and Owen (24) died on the spot when their car rammed into the side rails of a bridge just outside Harare on March 15. They were laid to rest side by side at Warren Hills Cemetery in the capital two days later.
“Everyone within Tuku’s circle okayed the shows because we wanted him to find comfort using the most effective pill-his music. He has been breaking down, he has been stressing and when we pointed at his guitar he lightened up,” a source revealed.
Mtukudzi will not be traveling with his wife Daisy.
“She is surrounded by relatives at the moment. Health wise she needs to be in good shape. The death has tormented her more,” the insider said.
Shepherd Mutamba, Tuku’s publicist said: “Tuku will dedicate all his shows to his son and Owen Chimhare who died with him. He will be at his best and its going to be emotional.”
Tuku will perform in Johannesburg and Pretoria on Friday and Saturday before leaving for the UK where a legion of fans are said to have sold out tickets of his shows.
Mutamba also said urban groovers Pauline, Nesto, Stunner, Trevor D, Russo, Madiz, Discord, Cindy, Tererai, Roki, Taurai and Squicky have collaborated in the production of Waenda Shamwari that celebrates the work and life of Sam and Owen. Reggae dancehall kingpin Winky D has also recorded his own song in tribute.
Mutamba said musicians are paying tribute to Sam and Owen as Tuku resumes performances at the weekend in South Africa.
Musicians in Harare have been dedicating shows to the memory of Sam and Owen since last week while others have already teamed up to record music in honour of the two artists.