London.- Zimbabwe’s legendary super star Oliver Mtukudzi and his Black Spirits band will join South Africa’s adorable songbird Zahara and her 10 piece band for 2 UK shows scheduled for London and Birmingham on the Easter Weekend. This would be the first ever time that Zahara will share the stage with Tuku in UK.
The tour promoted by the leading UK promoters Icons Of Africa is promising to be one of the biggest Southern African gigs in UK. The promoters are known for organizing big and successful African events in her Majesty’s land. Zimbabweans, South Africans and other nationalities are expected to throng the venues to be wowed by Zahara & Tuku who have done memorable shows in Zimbabwe and South Africa before.
Radio legend Ezra Tshisa Sibanda from Icons of Africa said ” There is no better combination to entertain revellers during Easter than pitting Southern African’s best acoustic guitarists Tuku & Spinach ( Zahara`s nickname) together, it’s the battle of the acoustics.” The Lolive & Incwad’ Encane hit maker Zahara said of the coming tour “I love the atmosphere of sharing the stage with Africa’s legend Oliver Mtukudzi.
“l always feel good playing alongside Tuku and I feel so much at home.” The evergreen Oliver Mtukudzi said “I watched Zahara perform on many occasions and she has always been impressive, she is one hell of a talent and UK people won’t be disappointed.
The countdown to arguably biggest UK tour in 2015 pitting superstar Oliver Mtukudzi and South African music sensation Zahara has begun. The gig has sent the UK abuzz with fans already asking for tickets.
Zahara, real name Bulelwa Mkutukana, hails from Cape Town and was born on November 9, 1987. She has proved to be the biggest female artiste South Africa has had since the demise of Brenda Fassie, She made history when her debut album “Loliwe” sold over 200 000 copies in South Africa alone. The only other female artiste to achieve such a feat in South Africa in recent years was Brenda Fassie. Unlike Fassie, who was considered to be wild and outrageous with very outspoken views about life in the townships, Zahara enjoys popularity with more gentle soulful songs such as “Lengoma”, “Umthwalo”, “Incwadi Encane”, “Thekwana” and the album title track “Loliwe”.
On May 1, 2012, at the annual South African Music Awards, Zahara won eight awards, including “Best Female Artist” and “Album of the Year” for the album “Loliwe”. She has just won Metro FM Award for best selling downloads for the her latest album ”Phendula”
Zahara & Mtukudzi will provide Southern African and Zimbabwean flair with Icons of Africa Promotions’ event hosting experience needed on shows of such magnitude. As for Tuku the veteran singer has seen it all in music, won awards after awards throughout the world and has proved to be a fatherly figure to upcoming artistes. Tuku is expected to feature songs from his latest album “Mukombe Wemvura” and his classic hits from previous albums. The Shamiso pata pata hitmaker who enjoys the UK fan base support has been has been the most successful and most sought after African artist in UK. Ezra Tshisa Sibanda said “Zahara means shining, and this lady is really a shining star. She is truly one of Africa’s hidden treasures, the world needs to get acquainted with her beautiful music,” added Sibanda. Many music lovers have a genuine admiration for Mtukudzi and Zahara works. They are true artists, they both love what they do, and express it effortlessly.
The broadcaster Sibanda reiterated that people need to come early for such events to enjoy the performances to the fullest and get their advance tickets to avoid inconveniences on the nights. “As always we promise to deliver & deliver on our promise, it can only be Icons Of Africa Promotions, thriving for excellence every time. “Our strong relations with professionals, musicians/artists & fans has perpetuated us to a progressive movement and becoming a widely sought after brand in UK and Abroad”
The first show is in London Friday 3 April 2015 Oasis Banqueting Suite, Barking Essex
The second show is in Birmingham on Saturday April 4, 2015 at Tower Ballroom, Birmingham
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