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Old 01-19-2010, 06:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Location: Originally from Lancashire, England, lived near Largs, Scotland and now live in Rocky Face, Georgia
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Default TUKU MUSIC (Oliver Mtukudzi)

Hi there,

Anyone else enjoy the music of this guy? I play guitar and I am getting more and more into mainly South African guitar playing but also West Africa too. Tuku has a gift of writing really serious, meaningful lyrics and weaving them into a thread of amazing, quite often really catchy music. It is an art form in itself to use bouncy, dancy music to get serious points across. Bob Marley was also an expert at this.

I have an on-going recording project where I am learning how to do home recording and Oliver Mtukudzi is a great influence on the way I play guitar.

For anyone not familiar with Tuku, I will place a couple of links to Youtube.

"Neria" is a beautiful song about the struggles of a widow who is fighting to keep her farm going so she can raise her children and pass it on to them. She has a constant battle from all the male 'vultures' who want to take it from her. A very moving film and title song about her fight to keep what is hers.

The other is an example of his more up tempo style and honestly, I don't know the details he sings about here, only that it about the huge problem of A.I.D.S. in that area. "TODII" means 'What shall we do", I think in Shona.

Enjoy the music and let me know what ya'll think.

All the best, Gordon.
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