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Legendary Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi to headline inaugural “Sounds of the Nile” cultural festival

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Oliver Mtukudzi, an iconic Zimbabwean musician.

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Legendary Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi is coming to Uganda. He has been announced as the headlining act at the inaugural Mizizi Sounds of the Nile cultural festival which will take place this November.

Oliver Mtukudzi, who is considered Zimbabwe’s most recognized cultural icon, will perform alongside other African musicians including Hoba Hoba Spirit from Morocco and Habib Koite from Mali.

Mtukudzi who has been performing since the 1970’s has over 30 full-length albums and several compilations to his name. He incorporates elements of different musical traditions, giving his music a distinctive style, known to fans as Tuku Music. With his husky voice, the songwriter and guitarist, is also well-known for his graceful onstage dance moves.

Organised by the Mizizi Ensemble, a local cultural dance group company, the Mizizi Sounds of the Nile cultural festival is aimed at promoting prosperity through arts and cultural tourism. “This is an avenue to promote Uganda’s rich cultural heritage and uplift our local artists to the next level by enabling them share the same stage with iconic international artists,” a team member from Mizizi Ensemble explained.

The Mizizi Sounds of the Nile festival will be a 3-day festival to be hosted at the Mizizi cultural hub in Kiryandongo district. It will run from Friday, 16th until Sunday, 18th November. It will also feature Uganda’s Myko Ouma and Ykee Benda as well as local cultural troupes.

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