|Tourism Matrix: Tuku: A worthy tourism ambassador|
|Friday, 01 June 2012 00:00|
They poured out of their homes and hotels in the resort town, they indeed poured from the neighbouring villages in Jambezi communal lands while others drove or hiked from the distant coal mining town of Hwange, all for the rare entertainment extravaganza at the Elephant Hills Golf Course.
Dancing and feasting took centre stage for the entertainment-starved community, while for the delegates to the Africa Travel Association Congress, the show gave them an opportunity to shake off the lethargy of meetings the whole week and jet lag.
The show was free and the multi-racial crowd yelled, cheered and danced as if there was no tomorrow.
Music legend and tourism ambassador Oliver Mtukudzi fondly referred to as Tuku, put up a splendid performance at the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority-sponsored African Travel Association Culture Night.
Like a typical legend, Tuku took the revellers through a refreshing music journey— from the 1970s hits like “Rova Ngoma Mutavara” to “Tozeza Baba” of the early 1980s to “Neria” up to “Munendipasa Manyemwe”. And, if the lush green lawn of the golf course was to tell a story, it was trampled silly.
Jabavu Drive led by saxophonist Phillip Svosve and Aaron Yafele played renditions of old school jams and Iyasa also put up a well-choreographed act.
“We have nominated Oliver Mtukudzi to be our cultural and tourism ambassador.
“I am just a simple artiste and I am humbled by this praise and recognition,” he said.