I first met Tuku when I was still on radio. One of those chance encounters in the reception area. The whole building was in a stir naturally because a LEGEND was in the building. I think he took selfies with about 30 people in the space of 25 minutes. I happened to be one of the few people that was too shy to even ask .
Fast forward to a couple of months later I was asked to interview him for a short documentary a young student was making. My friend and The Fest Gurus director and producer Zash hooked me up with that. ( Thank you Friend!) I never would have imagined I would get an opportunity close to this in my lifetime. I was excited please. When we got to Pakare , I introduced myself & to my humbling surprise he remembered me. Now if you think about the amount of people Tuku must meet in a day when he is out in public thats the last thing I would have expected…(hell, your girl met two people earlier this morning and I can hardly remember their names . This is bad I need to work on that… digresss) ….But in reading all the heartwarming memories of how people met him it turns out he actually did have the memory of an elephant.
Though we were there to talk about him and his life he made time to ask us about us and our lives. At the time I was getting ready to write my dissertation for my Masters in Intellectual Property and my research was on the development of the music industry in Zimbabwe. This led to an amazing exchange and he asked me what I planned to do with my research. This was the first time I gave an answer that wasn’t academic. The first time I actually said out loud to someone what my dream was. He listened and gave me the best blessing I could receive. He validated my dream. A whole Tuku guys! It didn’t stop there, he invited me back to Pakare and agreed to spend time with me to be a source in my dissertation and teach me about copyright, mechanical rights, music distribution from his experience in the industry. He connected me to his manager , the incredible Sam Mataure who also sat down with me and gave me nuggets on how artist management, booking, touring and all other facets of music management work ( or should work). He encouraged the idea of having more women take-up roles in the creative industry so that it can develop and be what it needs to be. Reinforcing a core value I carry to this day, ” You can’t talk about development or progress if women aren’t leading too” . When we were done Sekuru Tuku said “ You better do the things you say you’re gonna do Lolo”
I will Samanyanga. I promise.
You made me proud to call Zimbabwe home. Do you know I fell in love with a boy watching your show Nzou? You were part of pivotal moments in my life. You united a whole nation and sang the cries of its souls when we didn’t have the words or the platform.
I wish we had taken more pictures but that would be focusing on the wrong thing, you left me and a whole nation more than a moment in time.
So proud to pay tribute to you today and forever. We love you and we hope you can feel the love.
We Wish You Rest In The Eternal