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Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi : The news from Zimbabwe is an unremitting disaster, as one of Africa’s great hopes has collapsed into hyper-inflation, repression, and political paranoia. The country’s musical offerings remain stellar, however, and though it might take more than Oliver Mtukudzi’s gentle voice and soul-filled midtempo music to alleviate the country’s suffering, it’s surely a welcome balm. “Tuku,” a cult figure in Zimbabwe and one of African music's living legends, has a brand-new album, “Tsimba Itsoka.” The title means “No Foot, No Footprint,” which rings like an oblique, proverbial statement about action and responsibility. At Somerville Theatre, Oct. 19. Tickets $28. worldmusic.org , 617-876-4275. -- SIDDHARTHA MITTER
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Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi: The news from Zimbabwe is an unremitting disaster, as one of Africa’s great hopes has collapsed into hyper-inflation, repression, and political paranoia. The country’s musical offerings remain stellar, however, and though it might take more than Oliver Mtukudzi’s gentle voice and soul-filled midtempo music to alleviate the country’s suffering, it’s surely a welcome balm. “Tuku,” a cult figure in Zimbabwe and one of African music's living legends, has a brand-new album, “Tsimba Itsoka.” The title means “No Foot, No Footprint,” which rings like an oblique, proverbial statement about action and responsibility. At Somerville Theatre, Oct. 19. Tickets $28. worldmusic.org, 617-876-4275.

-- SIDDHARTHA MITTER
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