Mtukudzi, Oliver / Collection: the Tuku Years
Album:Collection: the Tuku Years Collection:World
Artist:Mtukudzi, Oliver Added:Jul 2003
Label:Putumayo World Music 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2003-08-25 Pull Date:2003-10-27 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:Nov 2Oct 19Oct 12Sep 28Sep 21Sep 7

Recent Airplay
1.Dec 13, 2012:Cacao!
Wake Up
4.Feb 20, 2012:Afro Beats
Ndima Ndapedza
2.Apr 09, 2012:Afro Beats
Dzoka Uyamwe
5.Feb 06, 2012:Afro Beats
3.Mar 05, 2012:Afro Beats
Wake Up
6.Jan 23, 2012:Afro Beats
Dzoka Uyamwe

Album Review
Reviewed 2003-08-24 
OLIVER MTUKUDZI – Collection: the Tuku Years
Putumayo, 2003

A "best of" collection from the popular Zimbabwean guitarist/singer/songwriter, covering the years 1998-2002. Although Tuku (that’s his nickname) released six albums during this period, only three are available in the US (all from Putumayo). So there are some new discoveries here for American listeners including two live tracks (9 & 10). All good stuff, but I'd rather hear the African albums whole…

Try any track. The "new" ones are 2, 5, 7, 9, 10

01. 6:23 – midtempo, perky rhythm and strong vocal; very straightforward tune
02. 5:38 – acoustic anti-war song; good interplay w/backing singers
03. 4:56 – midtempo but energetic; catchy layered melody
04. 6:11 – a favorite from Tuku Music: positive vibe, pretty melody, some English
05. 7:05 – relaxed and flowing, very smooth tune & vocals; religious lyrics
06. 5:28 – upbeat tune advising young lovers to be responsible; nice all around
07. 7:20 – very pretty but maybe too much gloss (has a smooth-jazz feel)
08. 6:05 – up/midtempo, that easy-rolling Zimbabwean rhythm sweeps you along
09. 4:38 – slow, live ballad: nice guitar/vocals/flute; from a film Tuku starred in (!)
10. 6:05 – live and uptempo, all in English (Bonnie Raitt has covered this)

[Fo] - 8/22/03

Track Listing
1.Ndima Ndapedza 6.Kunze Kwadoka
2.Ngoromera 7.Shanda
3.Ndakuvara 8.Dzoka Uyamwe
4.Wake Up 9.Neria
5.Raki 10.Hear Me Lord