The music lives on, a legend remembered
Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi was a legendary Zimbabwean musician, known for his unique blend of traditional and contemporary styles. Born on September 22, 1952, he left an indelible mark on the world of music before his passing on January 23, 2019.
With a career spanning over four decades, Tuku released an astonishing 67 albums and was the first musician to be declared a national hero in Zimbabwe for his outstanding talent and work ethic. His music inspired many, raising now accomplished artists through his pakare paye stable.
“I miss the cherished moments of sharing the stage with an icon who embraced me as his own son. I fondly remember our first collaboration; when I nervously called him, unsure of what to expect, the superstar responded with humility, saying, “Count it done, son.” Today marks five years since we lost this larger-than-life figure. May you continue to rest in power Samanyanga!” wrote Sulu Chimbetu on his Facebook.
Tuku’s music often addressed social and political issues, making him an influential figure in his home country and beyond. His most famous song, “Neria,” was featured in a film of the same name and became an anthem for women’s rights in Zimbabwe.
Beyond his musical accomplishments, Tuku was also a philanthropist and a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Southern Africa. He was a dedicated advocate for children’s rights and worked tirelessly to improve the lives of those in need.
Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi was a remarkable artist and a true hero, who left a lasting impact on the world through his music and humanitarian efforts. His legacy continues to inspire and uplift people across the globe.