22 March 2009

Oliver Mtukudzi and the township guitar

Oliver Mtukudzi

On the African Soul Rebels tour, Warwick Arts Centre, March 2009.

The guitar Tuku is playing here has an interesting story.

It belongs to Andy Sylvester of Warwick and is part of a project to raise awareness of and funds for the Pakare Paye Arts Centre (PPAC) near Harare in Zimbabwe. The centre was founded by Oliver Mtukudzi in 2003 for ‘purposes of developing and nurturing young talent in various practical artistic endeavors particularly music, dance, drama, poetry, storytelling … ‘ – see for more on PPAC.

Andy describes the guitar as an ‘oil-can guitar … from the township culture of South Africa’. The idea is to get guitarists of all abilities to pick up and play the guitar and to make a small donation to PPAC, where every penny will help nurture young creative talent at the project.

‘Just one guitar. Who knows who may get their hands on it’, says Andy. To find out more email Andy at


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