Paul Pindani in CHINHOYI

FOR Innocent “Sarungano” Kufakunesu, the impact which national hero and music icon, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, made on his career is priceless.

The Pakare Paye product held a show at Jongwe Corner in Chinhoyi on Sunday.

He featured as Jah Prayzah’s supporting act.

“Tuku is our father figure who gave us the light. He wanted us to do Zimbabwean music that has African roots.

“If you look at the charts on our radio stations, you can see that we have a few songs that have Zimbabwean roots.

“Back in the day, Lovemore Majaivana, Tuku and Thomas Mapfumo gave us songs with the Zimbabwean beat.”

He added:

“At the moment, we are promoting Amapiano, Zim hip hop and other contemporary beats.

“While it is important to promote other foreign genres, let’s not forget our original music.

“In my case, I like performing music that has a Zimbabwean feel and identity. I play mbira, acoustic guitar, and other traditional African musical instruments.”

Sarungano had a fine show in Chinhoyi.

He played both his compositions and Tuku’s classics.

The singer has toured Ireland and England in recent months.

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