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ZIMBABWEAN superstar Oliver Mtukudzi was scheduled to perform at the Spring Festival in Cairo, Egypt this weekend before travelling to South Africa for two Africa Day concerts.

According to organisers, the songwriter and guitarist would perform some of his most touching works on Saturday at the Al-Genaina Theatre in Cairo as part of the Culture Resource’s Spring Festival underway in Egypt.

The festival is an interdisciplinary feast which incorporates music, theatre, film, visual arts, dance and poetry and this year’s line-up includes diverse artists from Egypt, the Arab region and Africa.

From Egypt, Tuku is expected to travel to South Africa’s Kwazulu Natal (KZN) region for two Africa Day shows organised by Concerts SA, Alliance Franccedilaise and Castle Milk Stout.

He will stage two “ntimate afternoon concerts” at Caversham Mill in the Midlands on Saturday May 24 and the second on Sunday at the Rainbow Restaurant in Pinetown performing with Maskanda group, Shabalala Rhythm.

Neil Comfort of The Rainbow Restaurant said they were “is extremely honoured to host this phenomenal artist.”

His keenness was shared by Caversham’s Di and Terry Acres who added: “We have been personal fans of Oliver’s for many years and now, at last, to bring him to KZN is awesome.”

Oliver Mtukudzi will be joined by Shabalala Rhythm and supported by David Jenkins at Caversham Mill.

Tuku and Shabalala Rhythm will then move to the Rainbow Restaurant on Sunday 25 May to perform as part of their Africa Day Concert with Parisian band Akaleacute Wubeacute which is devoted to the grooves of 60s and 70s Ethiopian music.

World music talent comes no finer than that from the Shabalala family of Durban.

Sibongiseni Shabalala, who now steps into his father’s shoes to lead Ladysmith Black Mambaso, is also the core of the hot Maskanda act Shabalala Rhythm.

A hugely talented performer, Sibongiseni drives with a passion any project he is involved with. Shabalala Rhythm began in 1998 and after writing tracks “Ubuhle Bakho” and “Intombi Ingalile” Durban guitarist Maqhinga Radebe was called to join the group.

Later that year the first album was released. Since the band formed they have gone from strength to strength performing nationally and internationally. Their live shows are high energy, very slick productions.

Supporters of the band know to expect a fantastic event and new followers will be swept up by their precision and interpretation of the Maskanda style.

Mtukudzi participated in the recording of the tracks “Siyana Naye” and “Please Call Me” on the bands 2013 release entitled “Please Call Me”, which is their seventh studio album.

It was out of this collaboration and the massive popularity that Shabalala Rhythm enjoys at the Rainbow, that the seeds for this epic undertaking by Caversham Mill and the Rainbow Restaurant came about.

Source : New Zimbabwe