Tawanda Marwizi Arts Correspondent
The New Tuku Music board is happy with the progress they have made so far at the music stable and hope to propel the brand to greater heights. Tungamidzai Simango now chairs the board while Faith Mtukudzi and Walter Wanyanya are members. Wanyanya is now Oliver Mtukudzi’s manager.
Simango told The Herald Entertainment in an interview that they had made huge strides in enhancing the brand appeal to corporates and other stakeholders.
“As a board we will make sure our brand goes far and we are optimistic that people will accept us,” he said.
Simango said although the musician had made his name, it was important for them to continue working round the clock to maintain the momentum and unlock new opportunities.
“There are a lot of issues that we deal with as a board in making sure the musician remains highly visible. I am happy he assembled a team of professionals with the same vision,” he said.
Simango brings a wealth of experience to the label. He was among the country’s first music promoters and has over the years organised a lot of shows for various artistes. In the course of time he developed a relationship with the “Tozeza Baba” singer. During the time of Sam Mataure as Mtukudzi’s manager, Simango assisted in organising shows although he was not part of the management.
Simango said his passion to see a developed arts industry was pushing him to do several projects with different musicians. He once worked with urban groove musicians Pauline Gundidza, Maskiri and Mzimba on a cancer project.
“I have worked with Mtukudzi before though I was just a fan hence my understanding of Tuku Music. We did not stop there but he assisted me on my cancer project in which I worked with Gundidza and Maskiri and Mzimba,” he added.
Simango hopes to ratchet up the Tuku Music label to meet the expectations of fans.
“We have a big task on us as board but I am sure we will be able to bring what stakeholders of Tuku music expect,” he added.