Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
SELMOR will now perform at her late father Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi’s memorial show free of charge, ending weeks of speculation.
Penciled for September 27 at the Glamis Arena in the capital, local and regional acts are billed to grace the event that will certainly culminate into a fun-filled pungwe.
Top South African group MiCasa and two Zambian acts – Amayenge and James Sakala – will bring variety at the mammoth bash held in memory of the late crooner and national hero.
Alick Macheso will lead the contingent of locals performing at the same event.
These comprise Winky D, Jah Prayzah, Tocky Vibes, Kinnah, Soul Jah Love, Diana “Mangwenya” Samkange, Blot, Black Spirits and Enzo Ishall.
However, it is the inclusion of Selmor in the line-up, which has since raised the appeal of the tribute show.
Tuku died on January 23 aged 66 and on September 27 this year, he was supposed to be 67 years old and five days.
And ever since his death, Selmor has been committed with both local and international shows which had ruled her out of the September 27 celebrations.
Selmor’s handlers finally agreed with event organisers to be part of the celebrations after they revised their schedule.
“Like I said before, when the September show was initially organised, we were already booked in South Africa on the same day and it’s not a lie.
“Owing to the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, we have since postponed the South African shows.
“Since we are also available, Selmor will now perform at the Glamis Arena free of charge after they contacted us to be part of the event.
“Selmor said she doesn’t want to be paid to perform at her father’s memorial show and she will be there performing free of charge,” said Josh Hozheri who is part of Selmor’s management as an adviser.
Hozheri who has been helping Selmor’s camp in his advisory role said the diva valued his family.
“Selmor has always been supportive when it comes to family issues even before the death of her father.
“She has been working hard to keep her late father’s legacy alive touring the sub region with many international commitments on cards.
“We have also spoke to the arts regulatory chiefs who also convinced us to take part since we are available on the said date of the show,” he added.
Show organiser Partson “Chipaz” Chimbodza of Chipaz Promotions welcomed Selmor into the line-up.
“It has always been our wish for Selmor to be part of the show and we are glad that she will be there honouring her father.
“We engaged them recently after we learnt that they had cancelled their South African shows due to xenophobia.
“As a promoter, I am glad to be associated with her because she is doing her best to promote the family legacy alive.
“And having her being part of proceedings is a plus on its own because we know we will be doing something commendable for the family and nation.
“Since Tuku is a national hero, we are no longer doing it for the family alone but the nation as a whole.
“After all, the month of September is also special to the family since Tuku was supposed to be 67 this and this is the special way we have decided to remember him,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chipaz said preparations were well on course with all the artistes on the line-up having confirmed their presence.
He also said all the paperwork had been done with part of the proceedings to be channelled to charities to be identified by the Tuku family.
Fans will fork out $50 for the ordinary ticket, S$100 for VIP and RTGS$150 for VVIP seats to be charged in RTGS.