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Afro-jazz legend, Oliver Mtukudzi dies

Zimbabwean musicians and politicians have mourned the death of African music icon Oliver Mtukudzi, who passed away Wednesday afternoon at a private clinic in the capital. Mtukudzi passed on at Avenues Clinic at the age of 66. Celebrated musicians Alick Macheso and Albert Nyathi, legislator Simbaneuta Mudarikwa and Great Zimbabwe University vice-chancellor Rungano Zvobgo were […]

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Afro-jazz legend, Oliver Mtukudzi dies
Afro-jazz legend, Oliver Mtukudzi dies

Zimbabwean musicians and politicians have mourned the death of African music icon Oliver Mtukudzi, who passed away Wednesday afternoon at a private clinic in the capital.

Mtukudzi passed on at Avenues Clinic at the age of 66.

Celebrated musicians Alick Macheso and Albert Nyathi, legislator Simbaneuta Mudarikwa and Great Zimbabwe University vice-chancellor Rungano Zvobgo were some of the people who visited Avenues Clinic to pay tribute to the icon.

Oliver Mtukudzi 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”. 

In a long career he released 67 albums and toured the world.

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