Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
Tuku Music Board, which runs the affairs of Pakare Paye Arts Centre, will this Sunday give Nortonians a cheer as they host Alick Macheso.
In line with the Covid-19 regulations, Macheso and the star-studded Orchestra Mberikwazvo will be expected to interface with loyal fans at the historic cultural hub.
Tuku Music Board member and businessman Tungamidzai Simango, who is working hand-in hand with administrator Faith Kadzura, said hosting Macheso was the best early Christmas present they had for people in this dormitory town and its environs.
“We sat as a team and decided that we invite Alick Macheso and his team to come and have a tour of the facility where they will definitely meet fans.
“The tour will obviously culminate into a family show where the Black Spirits is expected to provide cover.
“It’s a special event where children, mothers and even domestic workers who hardly go out will be expected to come and have an interface with Macheso.
“We are only doing this for the people of Norton (Nortonians) who can’t wait for the event,” he said.
Simango said as a board they have always respect Macheso who was a close friend to the late Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, the brains behind the arts facility.
“Mdara Tuku who died on January 23 2019 aged 66 was a close buddy to Alick Macheso and they used to visit each other.
“The same love extended to their wives Gogo Daisy and Mai Sharo who had become best of friends because of the sound relationship of their husbands.
“Added to that, Macheso had become a regular performer at Pakare Paye before Tuku’s death and it’s nice hosting him once again.
“In Zimbabwe we need to appreciate our heroes while they are still alive and this weekend our first living legend is Macheso with the host of other set to come in the weeks to come,” he said.
Similar sentiments were echoed by Kadzura, the Pakare Paye administrator who has since established herself as an events management guru.
“We are living in difficult times of Covid-19 pandemic but we need fun at the end of the day to soothe our sorrows.
“This Sunday we have invited Macheso as our guests and we just want give people of Norton an opportunity to interact with him.
“However, strict Covid-19 regulations will be followed during procession starting around midday till the curfew time,” she said.
Like her counterpart Simango, the down to earth Kadzura said they will always cherish Macheso’s legacy.
“With the loss of our father Tuku, it’s no doubt that Macheso is now one of our father figures left.
“He was close to our father and it feels good having him as he plays at the facility that was built by his friend,” she said.
Kadzura promised lucky fans early Christmas presents at the event where the Black Spirits will be expected to perform as well.
“We are almost in the festive season where were are expected to be exchanging gifts with our loved ones.
“As we host Macheso this Sunday, we want the event to become a Launchpad where were are going to share goodies,” she added.
In recent weeks, Pakare Paye mentees like Mbeu as well as other upcoming crooners like Batsirai Shasha have been performing at the venue.
Jah Prayzah, Suluman Chimbetu, Baba Harare and host of mbira groups have also performed at Pakare Paye in recent months.