SA-based Mabvudzi relishes Tuku match-up

HARARE - South Africa-based musician Shame Mabvudzi is looking forward to the joint show with music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi on August 9 at the Cape Town International Conference Centre.

Mabvudzi, who was once a member of the famed urban grooves duo called Shame & Nathan, hopes that playing on the same stage with Mtukudzi will make his homeland take interest in his career.

“Yes, I am sharing the stage with Tuku in Cape Town on August 9. A lot is happening this side, it’s just that we don’t have much coverage so that people back home know what is happening.  We are having great shows week-in-week-out,” he told the Daily News.

The Aripo Wangu singer is also delighted to have secured a gig at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown next month.

“On July 10 and 11, I am performing at my first international festival, the National Arts Festival Grahamstown.

“It is something that I thought my fans in Zimbabwe might want to know about,” said Mabvudzi, whose stage name is Shamie. The festival is in its 16th year running and high-profile artistes to perform at the festival include Hugh Masekela, the Mahotella Queens; award-winning jazz singer and composer Melanie Scholtz; Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse; and the hugely popular South African band, the “Beatenberg”.

After parting ways with his Shame and Nathan colleague, Nathan Chitenga in 2003, Mabvudzi went on to release his first solo album which carried the hits Hazvinei and Ndamirira Ndaneta.

In 2010, now based in Cape Town, Mabvudzi released an 11-track second album, The Journey.

African Dream, his third album, was released three years ago.

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