Tuku is coming to town. Well, Oliver Mtukudzi is coming to town—he just goes by Tuku most of the time. Tuku is a Zimbabwean musician and singer, whose songs are mostly in Shona, a native language of Zimbabwe. Zimbabwean music is often characterized by the use of mbira, or what Westerners might call a thumb piano. But Tuku is known for melding musical styles of sub-Saharan Africa in his own work, which includes Mbira (named after the instrument), Mbaqanga, the South African guitar-driven style, and the percussion of the Shona people. Tuku dubs his music “Tuku Music.”
Oliver Mtukudzi will perform Tuesday (April 9) at 7 PM at the Sanctuary for Independent Media (3361 6th Ave., Troy). Tickets are $10. For more info, call 272-2390.