On Wednesday afternoon, one of the most successful and recognizable Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi also known as “Tuku” passed away at the age of 66. According to the reports, he died at the local hospital following diabetes complications.
SA Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa payed tribute to the performer, saying he was a Zimbabwe’s as well as all Africa’s treasure and a pure legend:
“Despite being a son of the soil of Zimbabwe, with his hauntingly beautiful and husky voice, he had over the decades become the most revered voice to emerge from that country, to being devotedly loved in South Africa, the SADC region and throughout the world,” said Mthethwa. He also deeply thanked the musician for his music, which still remains popular nowadays.
Tuku began his career in 1977 with a duo performance together with another well-known musician Thomas Mapfumo. Through the years he published lots of songs including Todii, Neria, Ndagara Nhaka, Ndakuvara and Into yam, which featured Ringo Madlingozi.