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OLIVER MTKUDZI and the Black Spirits
The Olympia Ballroom
Olympia, WA
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OLIVER MTKUDZI and the Black Spirits
Zimbabwe's pride, most successful artist and national
treasure, Oliver Mtukudzi is 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 and has 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.

**Special Announcement - we have local musician Sean Gaskell playing the Kora along with percussionist Bret Benraven to warm up this beautiful night of music!

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 (along with Angelique Kidjo, Hugh Masekela and
Ladysmith Black Mambazo) is one of the most successful
African recordings 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.

2012 / 2013 marks the return to North America of one
of Africa's musical giants.



The Olympia Ballroom (View)
116 Legion Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501
United States

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Music > All Ages
Music > World

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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