Oliver Mtukudzi, a Legendary Zimbabwean Jazz musician, was announced died on Wednesday afternoon.
He passes away at the age of 66 at a hospital in Zimbabwe’s Capital, Harare.
It is reported that Oliver Mutukudzi has been struggling with his health for over a month. Still, no official statement has been released yet by the family.
The cause of his death remains unknown
News of his death was burst by a post on social media from a Zimbabwean local publication saying, ”Mtukudzi died two hours ago in the ICE at Avenues Clinic in Harare.”
Mtukudzi’s record label widely known as Gallo Record Company also confirmed his death quoting a reliable family member.
‘Oliver Mtukudzi was a freedom fighter’
US-based Zimbabwean musician Thomas Mapfumo, with whom he started his career prior to independence in 1980, paid tribute to a “great musician”.
“Oliver Mtukudzi was a freedom fighter – that’s what I can say about him,” Mapfumo reportedly said.
“I loved his voice and the way he used to write his music. He was such a great inspiration to those who were upcoming.” He added
About the career Oliver Mtukudzi
Born on September 22, 1952, He recorded several award-winning songs like Ninipa, Izere Mhepo, Pindirai, Menzva Kudzimba, Hazvireve, Hope, Tiregerereiwo, HandiroDambudziko, Tiri Mubindu, Dzokai.
His song entitled ‘Todii’ became most popular in Uganda and in several countries.
Oliver Mtukudzi became prominent in the 1970s as one of the voices of the revolution fighting white-minority rule.
His lyrics often carried social messages about HIV/Aids and coded political commentary.
Oliver Mtukudzi was a high-talented singer and guitarist mixed several different styles to create his own distinctive Afro-jazz sound, known to his fans as “Tuku Music.”
Oliver Mtukudzi’s Wasakara got banned
His 2001 song named Wasakara, meaning “You Are Too Old”, was banned as it was seen as a reference to leader Robert Mugabe, who was ousted 16 years later aged 93.
In a long career, He released 67 albums and made different tours in the world.
Apart from Music, Oliver Mtukudzi had other occupations
Besides being a musician, Olivier Mtukudzi was also a businessman, Philanthropist, Human rights activist, and UNICEF Goodwill ambassador for all Southern Africa regions.
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