Zim traditionalist on global TV
Brenda Phiri Entertainment Reporter
Traditional musician Luckson “Manluckerz” Chikutu’s dominance continues to spread as the musician has been featured on an international television network African International for his role in promoting African culture.
The network that was recently launched in Sweden has featured prominent people like the Scandinavian regional manager of Royal Air Maroc and the Gutu-bred artiste happens to be among the guests.
The show, that has had rave reviews on the online platform, sees Manluckerz being interviewed by host Ralph Tafon.
The artiste talks in depth about his mission and his other roles as a traditional dance trainer, storyteller and international producer.
“I always say this, representing Zimbabwe across the globe is an honour. The recognition I get is in a way an acknowledgement of our rich cultural heritage,” said Manlukerz to The Herald.
The artiste, who is also a founder of cultural festival Zimbabwe Festival Bira (Zimfeb) speaks in-epth of his cultural activities in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Zimbabwe.
He also spends time explaining the Zimbabwean instruments like mbira as well as traditional regalia that he will be wearing during the interview.
“It takes a lot of soul searching before one gains an appreciation of who they truly are. That is why you see me confidently wearing my animal skins and regalia wherever I am conducting my activities,” he said.
Besides being the founder of Zimfebi, Manluckerz has been influential in spearheading various cultural exchange programs between artistes in Zimbabwe and Scandinavian countries.
His band, Zimbabwe Traditional Unity, was also profiled in the program- me for its diversity.
It consists of members from Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Sweden and Uganda who perform Zimbabwean music.
Meanwhile, the artiste is currently promoting his latest album, “Mai na- Baba Molly”.
The album was released in Zimbabwe a few weeks ago and features songs “Together As One Tao” that promotes tolerance in a global village.