Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi & the Black Spirts in San Rafael, Feb 15, 2014
A Legend Returns to the Osher Marin JCC
Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits
Saturday, February 15, 2014 @ 8pm
Zimbabwe’s pride, most successful artist and national treasure
Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits return for a very special night of African music from the performer that Bonnie Raitt calls “a treasure”.
Zimbabwean Oliver Mtukudzi is a truly great guitarist, vocalist, performer and composer. Gifted with a deep and gusty voice plus a talent for writing songs that reflect on the daily life and struggles of his people, ‘Tuku’ as he is known, began performing in 1977. He has since, earned a devoted following across Africa and beyond, all the while incorporating elements of different musical traditions. A member of Zimbabwe’s Kore Kore tribe, he sings in the nation’s dominant Shona language as well as Ndebele and English.
Tuku (along with Angelique Kidjo, Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo) is one of the most successful African recording artists in North America, having sold hundreds of thousand of records on Putumayo, Heads Up/Telarc and Sheer Sound. Tuku is an alumni of Acoustic Africa II (2011 edition) and a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa, focusing on Young People’s Development and HIV and AIDS Prevention.
Tuku’s music is heavily influenced by a humanist chimurenga ethos, which, in turn, is inspired by the hypnotic rhythms of the mbira (thumb piano). His music also incorporates South Africa mbaqanga, the energetic Zimbabwean pop style jit, and the traditional kateke drumming of his clan. One of Tuku’s biggest fans is Bonnie Raitt, who has not only called Tuku “a treasure,” and recorded a cover of “Hear me Lord” but also credits Tuku as the inspiration for the song “One Belief Away” on her album Fundamental.
“Tuku” has written and performed some of the most heart rending music against hatred and violence and composed music appealing for restraint, for tolerance…music about self-discipline and peace amongst the people of the world. His music has continued to touch people in many different ways, guiding and stirring past generations in the same manner the compositions will impact on the future.
WHAT: Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits
WHEN: Sat, Feb 15 @ 8pm. In the Hoytt Theater
WHERE: The Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd. San Rafael, CA
From Highway 101 is effortless, ¼ mile E off 101
SEATING: General Admission, Special Reserved and VIP seating choices
TICKETS: $22 - $35 MARINJCC.ORG | 415.444.8000
MEDIA CONTACT: Linda Bolt ~ 415.444.8081~ firstname.lastname@example.org