Food | Wine
SUN FEB 23
Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi and The Black Spirits (AFROBEAT) Mtukudzi’s musical career started at the age of 23 with the 1975 release of his debut single, Stop After Orange. He turned professional in 1977 when he joined the Wagon Wheels, a band that also featured Thomas Mapfumo. Their single "Dzandimomotera," inspired directly by Zimbabwe’s 1970s war of liberation, went gold and Tuku's first album followed, which was also a major success. In 1979 Oliver left Wagon Wheels to launch a solo career and forming his own band The Black Spirits – a group of rag-tag young stylish ghetto boys who were to become a sure force on the music scene, progressing into a household name in the ensuing years. In terms of lyrical composition, in the period leading to Zimbabwe’s 1980 independence, his music was a mix of the revolutionary jam songs with undertones targeting the repressive Rhodesian regime. Yet he also composed the day-to-day social context music about life and the essence of ubantu (humanity). Mtukudzi is also a contributor to Mahube, Southern Africa's "supergroup".
With his husky voice, Mtukudzi has become the most recognized voice to emerge from Zimbabwe and onto the international scene and he has earned a devoted following across Africa and beyond. A member of Zimbabwe's KoreKore group, with Nzou Samanyanga as his totem, he sings in the nation's dominant Shona language along with Ndebele and English. He also incorporates elements of different musical traditions, giving his music a distinctive style, known to fans as Tuku Music. Mtukudzi has had a number of tours around the world to perform for large audiences. tukumusik.com
w/Amandla Tunesmith (SOUKOUS/AFRO-BEAT) From the French word for "shake," Soukous music originates in Central Africa and is the most popular dance music of modern Zaire and is quickly spreading through out the rest of the world. It incorporates sensual rumba rhythms with Cuban and Caribbean influences, catchy call and response vocals, lively guitar and bass lines and hot percussion to create a sound that is guaranteed to make you move. Amandla Tunesmith took this one step further by adding a horn section. The band has been delivering the spirit of Soukous through out Florida From Key West to Pensacola for the last ten years, playing just about every type of venue you can think of. They have opened up for World Famous Soukous artist Franco and Tabu Ley and Reggae artist Steel Pulse and and Burning Spears. myspace.com/amandlatunesmith