Stunning details in Mtukudzi book

Stunning details in Mtukudzi book
Published: 13 March 2018 (923 Views)
Veteran journalist and author, Shepherd Mutamba, has released an explosive, second tell-all book on the life of Oliver Mtukudzi – whom he claims received many gifts from unhinged former first lady Grace Mugabe and also controversially hosted several aides of former president Robert Mugabe, including Cabinet ministers and security chiefs at his Norton arts center.

Writing, in the newly-released book on the celebrated musician, Mutamba also claims that during his time as Tuku's publicity, he never once saw the musical icon hosting opposition politicians.

This is the second edition of explosive Tuku Backstage, a tell-all biography.

The veteran journalist worked with Mtukudzi for over five years as his publicist and he first published the artiste's tell-all biography Tuku Backstage in 2015.

The new book is printed on gloss paper, full colour, with 188 pictures "nearly all of them unseen."

However, Mtukudzi was not aware that Mutamba was authoring another explosive book about his life and career.

 "Anyone with a pen, opinion or facts can write a book about Tuku, his music and life without consulting him. Unless Tuku, himself, has commissioned the book and enters into an agreement with the writer, then he has the right to know about the book and every stage of writing and also having to approve the content.

"I don't have an agreement with him to that effect. Out of courtesy only and not obligation, I am going to give him an autographed personal copy of the book," Mutamba said.

"I will organise to meet him and if he accepts my visit it will be our first meeting since 2013. If he decides to chase me away, lock his gate or ignore me completely or shoot me, that will be up to him.

"I want to believe that he doesn't live in denial anymore and accepts all the truths and criticism in the book and learn from his deficiencies as a man, father, icon and businessperson.

"If he corrects his wrongs he will stay away from trouble and bad publicity for a man and musician who has achieved so much."

Despite the controversies that characterised his first book, Mutamba defiantly went on to pen another book.

"Tuku's story can never be written and exhausted by a single writer or one or two, three, books. His colossal music and iconic figure continues to inspire me to write more books about his musicianship and inevitably, his personality," he said.

On the other hand, Mtukudzi says he doesn't care about the contents of the book..

Speaking through his publicist Walter Wanyanya, Tuku said he will not take action against Mutamba for authoring Tuku Backstage 2 as it is everyone's democratic right to express himself.

"We were not aware of this new development but after all who cares?

"It is his democratic right to do so and at the same time, it is not Tuku's business to respond to whatever is said on him, his core business is to produce good music," Wanyanya said.

"Surely, we have no time to pay attention to every barking dog."

- Daily News

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