Concert Review: Oliver Mtukudzi in Northampton

Oliver Mtukudzi and his band performed a very good public concert at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on January 16. The dance floor was full of people dancing. Mtukudzi is from Zimbabwe, in southern Africa. You can hear one of his songs at:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rn5nEKvr6aU

Concord Music Group (CMG) Corporation has a web page about Mtukudzi:

www.concordmusicgroup.com/artists/oliver-mtukudzi/

The company says, “Throughout a career that spans more than 45 recordings and virtually every corner of the globe, [Mtukudzi] has remained committed to the live music scene of his homeland, where he and his band, The Black Spirits, continually play to enthusiastic audiences in even the most remote regions.”

CMG is owned by www.villageroadshow.com.au.

The U.S. and other rich nations have a long history of stealing resources from Africa. This story is told in the books “Bury the Chains” by Adam Hochschild and "Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power" by Steve Coll, and in the film "Lumumba" by Raoul Peck. The average life expectancy in Zimbabwe is 52. In the U.S., it’s 78.

Mtukudzi’s music is uplifting. It's hard not to dance to it.

As of January 12, Mtukudzi's web site www.TukuMusik.com was defunct. There is an active fan site with tour dates in New York City, Boston and other locations:

www.facebook.com/pages/Oliver-Mtukudzi-Fan-Page/108663539166631

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