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Agorosso to perform at Oliver Mtukudzi’s birthday

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It does not get any sweeter than this for Agorosso, who, this weekend, will be among artists performing at Zimbabwe’s music genius Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi’s 63rd birthday celebration.

The celebration will take place at his Pakarepaye residence.

The last time Mtukudzi met Agorosso in the country was during the Blantyre Arts Festival (Baf) where, after being impressed with Agorosso’s music, he gave him a guitar capo.

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“It’s all set Agorosso with his backing team – Anthony Supriano and Steve Phambala Boya— will perform at Oliver Mtukudzi’s 63rd birthday celebration. There are several other musicians, who have been invited,” Emmanuel Maliro said yesterday.

Maliro is the one who has facilitated everything for Agorosso to be part of the celebration.

“Oliver Mtukudzi is my friend and we are discussing a lot as regards music and we hope something will come up between him and Agorosso,” he said.

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Agorosso, real name Lloyd Phaundi, confirmed the trip, saying they are expected to leave today and that the birthday celebration is tomorrow.

“It’s something special to perform at Oliver Mtukudzi’s birthday,” he said.

Mtukudzi, a human rights activist and United Nations Children’s Fund Goodwill ambassador for the Southern African Region, is considered Zimbabwe’s most renowned and internationally recognised cultural icon of all time.

He was born on September 22 1952.

With several awards to his credit, the legendary musician, who began performing in 1977, when he joined the Wagon Wheels, a band that also featured Thomas Mapfumo, has also produced several albums that include Neria, Paivepo, Tuku Music, Shoko and Shanje.

 

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