Tuku mesmerises fans at Morija

MASERU — Zimbabwean superstar Oliver Mtukudzi mesmerised his fans at the Morija Arts and Cultural Festival jazz concert on Saturday.

The lanky Tuku, as he is affectionately known by his legion of fans throughout the world, invaded the stage to thunderous applause just after midnight.

The atmosphere was already electric when Tuku walked onto the stage.

His introduction, the first cord on his very first recording way back in 1977, a single called Dzandimomotera, was simply hypnotic.

And fresh from another live gig in Harare the previous night, Tuku did not disappoint.

What followed was an energetic delivery of music excellence that not even the cold and rainy weather could dampen.

Tuku made sure he got things right by playing his most famous hits from Bvuma, Todii, and the infectious Neria, which have endeared him to his Lesotho fans over the years.

It was a short blissful musical journey, about an hour, just like South African jazz icon Hugh Masekela before him.

But both artistes managed to leave the usually entertainment-starved Lesotho crowd crying for more.

Bro Hugh was the first major act to delight the hundreds of revellers, blowing his saxophone as if his whole life depended on it.

And when he finally played his all time classic hit, Thanaye, the fans knew the good times were upon them.

But before they knew it, it was all over.

Masekela then made way for the Tozeza Baba hit-maker after showing why he is still regarded highly in the world of music.

After Tuku, it was time for some hard hitting famo brew, in the form of veteran musician, Puseletso Seema.

Seema too, was a bundle of energy and showed why she is still going strong after a lifetime in the music industry.

Potent lyrics, fancy foot work defying her huge frame and age, coordinated choreography with her young team, and Seema was out.

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