Berita set to honour Oliver Mtukudzi at his memorial service

The singer will be one of many musicians attending the memorial that will celebrate the life and legacy of the late Zimbabwean jazz legend, who passed away on Wednesday, 23 January 2019.

Afro soul singer Berita announced on social media on Tuesday, 5 February 2019 that she would be performing at the memorial service in Johannesburg.

The event will take place today, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 from 12pm to 5pm at The Mandela at Joburg Theatre. The memorial is open to the public. The singer, whose full name is Gugulethu Berita Khumalo, said the memorial was about “celebrating the music and life of Zimbabwe’s master of song.”

“This celebration’s focus is Tuku’s music, with a musical program directed by Steve Dyer,” she added. Mtukudzi died in ICU at the Avenues Clinic on Wednesday, 23 January 2019 in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare. His death sent shockwaves throughout the music community and the continent of Africa.

The jazz legend died exactly one year after his creative collaborator and friend, Hugh Masekela, died of prostate cancer in South Africa. Berita worked with both Masekela and Mtukudzi on the song Mwana Wa Mai from her second album Songs of Empowerment, released in 2014.

The singer reacted to Mtukudzi’s passing in a tweet on Thursday, 24 January 2019, and expressed her heartfelt condolences to Mtukudzi’s family, “I’m still processing this new reality,” she said. “My heart is with mom, Mrs Mtukudzi, Shami, Wally and the rest of the Mtukudzi family.” She added that she felt inspired by the musician. “I will walk with you every step of the way. Your spirit lives within me. I celebrate you. Legends don’t die, they multiply,” she said.