Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits; Thursday, August 1, 2013

Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

“…an alluring voice.” – Chicago Tribune

Originating from Zimbabwe, Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits have been performing since 1979, becoming one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s most legendary bands. Though the members of The Black Spirits have changed throughout the years, Mtukudzi (affectionately referred to as “Tuku”) has remained constant as the group’s front man and a public figure in promoting peaceful virtues. With his voice and guitar, Mtukudzi’s organic blend of traditional and pan-African influences, combined with cosmopolitan pop forms, has led the music to become known simply as “Tuku Music.”  Feel the magic of Zimbabwe at Kuumbwa Jazz. Dance space will be available!

Mtukudzi is arguably the most powerful creative force to emerge in Zimbabwean music in the last three decades.  Balancing compelling rhythms and captivating melodies with insightful lyrics, he has built a vast body of work that is politically and socially relevant, as well as entertaining and accessible.  His career spans more than 45 albums that have been released worldwide, though he and The Black Spirits devote much of their time to playing numerous concerts in their home country.

Born in Harare in 1952 (then known as Salisbury, in the British colony of Rhodesia), Mtukudzi got his first taste of success in 1975, with the release of his debut single: “Stop Before Go.”  He then formed The Black Spirits in 1979 and released their debut album, Dzandimomotera that same year.  Since then, The Black Spirits have become one of the best-selling groups in Zimbabwe, releasing an average of two albums per year, and have received numerous African and European awards.

Bonnie Raitt has referred to Mtukudzi as a cross between Otis Redding and Toots Hibbert and he’s gained a wider global audience since joining the Heads Up record label in 2005.  With his newest album, Sarawoga (2013), Mtukudzi continues to offer sage advice through his songs and remains a fixture in the musical scene of Southern Africa.  He has also branched out into the worlds of film and theater, has been featured in BBC documentaries such as Under African Skies and The Soul of the Mbira, and has written musicals that have played throughout Zimbabwe.  An activist for AIDS research, Mtukudzi has donated music to more than twenty AIDS-related documentaries worldwide.  This is a rare opportunity to see this legend perform stateside.

Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits

DATE: Thursday, August 1, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 and 9:00 PM
PRICE: $22Adv $25/Door, No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227 

Media contact:
Sandy Sloan



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