Cape Town International Jazz Festival Honours Tuku

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The late Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi.

Zimbabwe’s fallen Music Icon, the late Oliver Tuku Mtukudzi, has been honoured with a slot at the prestigious Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

Festival Organisers espAfrika announced the final additions to the 2019 line and there is also the announcement of a tribute to the late Zimbabwean guitarist Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, who died suddenly earlier this year.

CTIJF management confirmed the commemorative tribute, billed as Tuku Music – A Celebration of Oliver Mtukudzi’s Life through his Music, which will fill Mtukudzi’s original slot on Saturday 30 March.

Mahlasela will be joined on stage by Mbeu, Maduvha and Berita on a slot originally assigned to Mtukudzi. The Zimbabwean-born South Africa-based Gugulethu Khumalo is an award-winning singer-songwriter who goes by the stage name Berita. The Afro-soul singer shared the stage with Mtukudzi on occasion and collaborated with him and Hugh Masekela on the single Mwana Wa Mai.

The Afro-fusion artist known as Mbeu also collaborated with Mtukudzi on the single My Better Half. Born Ashton Nyahora, Mbeu was a product of Mtukudzi’s Pakare Arts Centre in Chivero in Mashonaland West, Zimbabwe.

The festival, taking place on 29 & 30 March 2019 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, with celebrate 20 years of successful local and international jazz, with over 40 performers annually from around the globe entertaining the masses over the two-day annual event.

Below is the list of artistes:

African Time Meeting Legends Overtime featuring Herbie Tsoaeli, Sydney Mnisi, Feya Faku, Andile Yenana, Kevin Gibson (SA); Alfa Mist (UK); BCUC (SA); Ben Volpeliere -Pierrot of Curiosity Killed the Cat (UK); Bickram Ghosh Quartet (INDIA); Chaka Khan (USA); Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles (USA); Craig Lucas (SA); Don Laka (SA); Don Vino (SA); Eliane Elias (BRAZIL); espYoungLegend 2019 winner – Edgar Muzah & Friends (SA); FKJ (FRANCE); Gogo Penguin (UK); Ibrahim Khalil Shihab (SA); John Scofield’s “COMBO 66” featuring Vicente Archer, Gerald Clayton & Bill Stewart (USA); Keyon Harrold (USA); Knower (Full Band) (USA); Mahube (SA); Moonchild (USA); Morris Goldberg (SA); Ndaka Yo Wiñi (ANGOLA); Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble (USA); Ntsika (SA); Nubya Garcia (UK); rePERCUSSIONS featuring Moses Boyd, DJ Lag, Tiago Correia-Paulo, Nonku Phiri & Mandla Mlangeni (UK/SA/MOZ); Reza Khota Quartet (SA); Richard Bona (CAMEROON); Sekunjalo Edujazz Band (SA); Shekhinah (SA); Sho Madjozi (SA); South Peninsula High School Band (SA); Soweto Gospel Choir (SA); Steve Kekana (SA); The Lady Day Big Band (SA); The Mike Rossi Project featuring John Fedchock (SA/ USA); The Mill (SA/ SWISS) and Vuma Levin (SA).



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