Home » News » Weekend Life » Oliver Mtukuzi is no more

Oliver Mtukuzi is no more

Publishing Date : 28 January, 2019


Jazz legend Oliver Mtukuzi, 66 passed on the 23rd of January 2019. Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi born on 22 September 1952 was a Zimbabwean musician, businessman, philanthropist, human rights activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Southern Africa Region.

Tuku was considered to have been Zimbabwe's most renowned and internationally recognised cultural icon of all time. The 66 year old music superstar, whose career took him to the international stage, has been battling illness for the past month. Although there is yet to be an official statement, Tuku is said to have died at the Avenues Clinic in Harare.

With 66 albums to his name, the musician has toured several countries and has been endorsed by many companies as their brand ambassador. He has been to all five continents of the world, playing in world capitals and at top festivals. He came to prominence in the 1970s as one of voices of the revolution fighting white-minority rule. His lyrics often carried social messages about HIV/Aids and coded political commentary.

His 2001 song 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. The singer and guitarist mixed several different styles to create his own distinctive Afro-jazz sound, known to his fans as "Tuku Music". Tuku's last album was filled with emotion. Termed Hanya'Ga, which translates as "Concern" in the Shona language, it came out last February - three months after Mr Robert Mugabe, who had ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, was ousted.

It felt like he had taken his gloves off and was able to express his real concerns about the country's future. From child marriage to the economic meltdown and worries about a lack of concern for human life - he tackled it all. It was a rallying call for unity among Zimbabweans - a wake-up call to do something to stop the rot that had characterised the country for many years. It was also a letter to the government - a cry for help. Batswana however, will remember him with his last remarkable performance he pulled at Mascom Live Sessions. His legacy in Botswana lives on.



Do you think the courts will help put the UDC, BMD impasse within reasonable time ahead of the 2019 General Election?