GABORONE — Superstar Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi has called off his Botswana show that was set for August 31 in Gaborone to attend to some pressing issues in Europe.
The multi-award winning musician was set to kick off his regional shows with a visit to the University of Botswana (UB) Amphitheatre in under a fortnight. But the show has been pushed forward, although the promoter would not commit to a new date saying the icon will only return to Harare two weeks into September.
The two will then discuss a new date for the show. Springbok Entertainment director Mogatusi Spring Sebego, said they had amicably agreed to push the show forward.
“He explained to me and it was unforeseen, so we will discuss a new date when he returns from Europe. Ofcourse it is disappointing considering the monies we have put into the preparations, but once he returns we will definitely have him come over,” Sebego told Showbiz.
Asked whether Tuku’s Europe engagements were music-related, the promoter said they had nothing to do with music.
“Not at all. It has nothing to do with music. Tuku is very professional and would not ask us to postpone at this stage for similar engagements in Europe. I am happy because he explained properly and promised to come once he returns.”
The revered African icon had briefly halted his whirlwind tours of the region with his last performance in South Africa last year. The superstar had a show in Johannesburg shortly after his birthday in November. The Gaborone show would have kick-started his regional engagements.
The internationally acclaimed musician has been on several tours in the UK, US and Canada where he performed before large audiences. With his trademark husky voice, Tuku, who turns 61 next month, has become the most recognised music voice to emerge from Zimbabwe. He has earned a devoted following across all age groups.