SWEDISH based musician and cultural ambassador Makandire Chezhire “ManLuckers” Chikutu is set to release his new book “Flashback Identity” which will be available online and in physical copy.
The book to be officially released on October 6 to coincide with the writer’s birthday will be made available in different parts of the world.
In an interview with Celebrity, ManLuckers said he already has the physical copies ready for release.
“I’ve already received hard copies of the book. It will be sold online and in bookshops through Vulkan Media Publisher in Sweden,” he said.
Locally “Flashback Identity” will be launched in December, and made available in different book shops.
ManLuckers said the book, which was first published in Swedish, will finally be available in English.
“I’m more than happy that now I can finally share my writings with both adults and the new generation who may not understand the original language in which the book was published, but can understand English,” he said.
“I would like to spread the book’s concept in Zimbabwe and other countries.”
“Flashback Identity” narrates ManLucker’s life history while encompassing tales of some of the greatest musicians to come from Zimbabwe he met during his career, among them the late Dr Oliver Mtukudzi, the Bhundu Boys, the late Andy Brown, Dr Thomas Mapfumo and the late Leonard Dembo, among others.
It also describes the music business and how music and dance have influenced humanity through the ages.
The writer reiterated the need to stick to one’s culture.
“It would be wise for Zimbabweans and the world to understand, and know that it’s important for us as human beings to document and share our family histories.
“The new generation must know why we must preserve and know the value of our identity as Zimbabweans,” said ManLuckers.
“I am saying Zimbabweans do not abandon your people and your culture, no matter how educated you are.
“Our tradition will not change as long as there are people to protect it and we are the people who can only protect and preserve our identity.”
ManLuckers said living in a foreign land has increased his appreciation for local culture.
“Being an African artist in a foreign land helps me to keep focusing and sharing my culture at an advanced level.
“It strengthens my identity as a Zimbabwean and take advantage of cultural heritage,” he said.
The e-book can be accessed on www.vulkanmedia.se/butik/flashback-identity/