Chronicle reporter Tonderai Zvimba says veteran musicians Oliver Mtukudzi and Thomas Mapfumo should consider retiring because of age and ill health.
Zvimba says at 66, Mtukudzi should consider retiring especially after reportedly suffered a heart attack which saw him miss the London Jazz Festival. The Chronicle reporter urges Tuku to focus on managing Pakare Paye Arts Centre. He also argues Mapfumo is no longer as lively on stage as he used to be as shown by his performance during the Homecoming Bira concert early this year. Below is an excerpt of Zvimba’s article:
Last week, local veteran musician Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi (66) reportedly suffered a heart attack which saw him miss the London Jazz Festival…He has been performing in Botswana, South Africa and Rwanda with more trips lined up for the festive season.
The tight schedule however seems to be taking a toll on his health with his doctor suggesting that he takes it easy. The other veteran musician Thomas ‘Mukanya’ Mapfumo seems to be also straining himself as evidenced by his performance at the Big Bira in Harare earlier this year.
After over a decade without performing in Zimbabwe, Mapfumo seems to be on a mission to make up for all the lost time as he has lined up a Peace Tour in the country that will see him performing in almost all the country’s provinces this month.
Those who attended his Homecoming Bira should have noticed that he is no longer as lively on stage as he used to be. It leaves one wondering how he will be able to stage shows in nine towns in a month. Travelling the world and performing at high profile events is every musician’s dream but there comes a time in life when one should call it a day and relax.