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The Joburg Theatre, a leading World Class home of live entertainment providing sustainable development-oriented and diverse programming, celebrated Africa Month in style by paying tribute to the legendary, late Oliver Mtukudzi from recently. The musically-driven show featured Tuku’s strongest and most well-loved compositions in paying tribute to the renowned and internationally recognised cultural icon.
These were beautifully orchestrated by her daughter Selmor Mtukudzi with a stunning voice and fabulous choreography she displayed accompanied by her sister Sandra who wore a hat bearing a replica of their iconic muscally renowned dad setting the stage on fire.
In a well attended Mandela theatre inspite of the chilly Saturday evening, the curtain was raised by Mama Madosini a cultural dynamite, followed by he sensational Ami Faku. Selmor performed solos and collaborations with the respected wind instrumentalist Steve Dyer and the great world music dynamo, Vusi Mahlasela.
Undoubtedly Selmor took on her dad’s signature sound with lively crisp beats from the band that could only resemble Tuku music brought back to life. The princess reigned on stage with her soulful voice mesmerising the audience. Strutting energetic guitar sounds and percussions evoked the sensational occassion that made the uncle Mahlasela to get emotional as he remembered his song-writer colleague and great friend on stage, relating laments such as “oh my friend look at your children’s performance…. We lost a legend! The subject matters that he wrote, beautiful songs, but not anymore!”
Ntate Mahlasela also gave the best performance getting down to the beat as he rendered the most loved songs, Todii, Neria and more, with Dyer’s horn and flute blending nicely, the cherry on top, summing up a great tribute, of a story of a late musician who impacted the lives of so many a music lover with attributes to the genre that made Tuku such a household name locally and furher abroad. Towards the end of the show the two sisters executed a highly charged dance meddley to the tune of a standing ovation.
Jerry Sokhupe Soweto Sunrise News