Nyore Madzianike is a senior reporter for art
CHILLY's weather and communication disruptions, which made it harder for most of the Sabbath, failed to distract fans of Oliver Mtukudzi who attended the Tuku concert held at the Belgravia Sports Club in Harare in honor of the iconic musician.
Organized by the Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation in cooperation with the National Art Council of Zimbabwe, the event attracted hundreds of music lovers.
Minister of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation Kirsty Coventry and NACZ Board of Governors welcomed the fans who came to honor the late national hero.
The event started around mid-morning with several fans who were present, and the number increased as the day progressed.
Local musicians, each other, have been polished with "old guards" that steal the attention of the young artists at the top of the list.
Among the most successful were jazz singer Bob Nyabinde, who first came out on the stage and gave a cool show that was spiced up with the performances of the late Mtukudzis.
Singer Chabuda Hapana also took fans in the line of memories when she performed her previous hits and shared her personal experiences with the late national hero.
After Nyabinde performed, Charles Charamba and his wife Olivia came to the stage.
They sang songs from their record label, to the great enthusiasm of the audience singing together, especially when playing "Machira Chete".
Known as the first family of evangelical music, Charambas proved to be adults when they called the "old guard" involving Mechanic Manyeruke, Zexie Manatsa, Albert Nyathi and Bob Nyabinde on stage.
They joined and performed the songs of late Tsunami Mtukudzzi and changed the microphone.
The relationship that existed between the late Mtukudzzi and Zexie Manatsa was clearly visible when he came to the stage.
On stage he was joined by his wife and son Tendai, who played acoustic guitar.
The late Tukina daughter, Selmor Mtukudzi, has accompanied the vocals with her mother-in-law, strengthening the relationship between two music families.
The "Blended" band took fans on the track with songs such as "Chipo Chiroorwa" and "Tea Hob" as well as his popular songs for the best Dynamos, Highlanders and CAPS United teams.
The singer from Bulaway Sandra Ndebele, who for decades has been on the music scene, has also enchanted fans with her inexperienced dances.
South African musician Berita Khumalo came out on stage after the performance of Sandra Ndebele and fascinated fans with his fluency of Shona's language during the performance.
He thanked the fans who celebrated the event, saying their presence proved that Tuku's legacy is still alive.
Mozambique Stewart Sukuma also did not disappoint when he first played some new songs in the country.
He also thanked him for being part of the Tuku concert.
South African saxophone player Steve Dyer, who shared the stage with Ammara Brown, also gave a brilliant performance.
But Piki Kasamba had adored the audience with their routine dances when he joined Selmor Mtukudzi on the stage.
They gave a good choreographed performance while playing Tuko's music.
Alexio Kawara also performed as Zimdancehall stars Killer T and Enzo Ishall.
Other musicians are Mbeu, Kesia, Munya Mataruse, Juntal, Bonnie Deuschle, King 98 and ExQ.