Oliver Mtukudzi dies

Music legend, Oliver Mtukudzi, has died. He was 66.Popularly known as ‘Tuku,’ Mtukudzi died at the Avenues Clinic in Harare yesterday afternoon after being ill for some time.

Tuku, who started his music career in the 70s before rising to international stardom in the early 1980s, toured several countries and was endorsed by many companies as their brand ambassador.

Tuku also contributed immensely to the nurturing of Zimbabwean music talent and collaborated with a number of local as well as international musicians. Regionally quick names that come to mind are the Afro Tenors on the song Pata Pata and Lady Smith Black Mambazo and Ringo Mdlingozi’s Into yami just to mention a few.

Mtukudzi produced more than 60 albums which had hits such as Nyanga Yenzou, Neria, Tozeza Baba, Dzoka Uyamwe, Kunze Kwadoka and Hear Me Lord, among others.

Meanwhile, the government of Zimbabwe has expressed its deepest condolences following the passing on of Tuku. The Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Cde Monica Mtsvangwa said the nation had been robbed of an icon and an ambassador whose music spread love, peace, unity and tolerance.