Legendary musician, Oliver Mtukudzi, dies at age 66

The famous musician died in ICU at Avenues Clinic in the country’s capital of Harare; the cause of the death is still unknown.  

Zimbabwean news media have reported that singer and guitarist Oliver Mtukudzi passed away on Wednesday, 23 January 2019.

According to a report by the Masvingo Mirror, the musician died while in ICU at the Avenues Clinic in the country’s capital of Harare. The cause of death is not yet known to the public. People have taken to social media to express their sorrow and mourn the passing of the music veteran.

Mtukudzi, affectionately known as Tuku, built an impressive career that spanned over four decades. During this time the singer released over 60 albums. He was also a contributing artist on three compilation albums. His debut album titled Ndipeiwo Zano was originally released in 1978 and then re-released in the year 2000.

His most recent album was Hany’Ga (Concern) and was released in 2018. Some of Mtukudzi’s best known work includes songs like Todii and Neria. Mtukudzi worked with fellow music veteran, Hugh Masekela on the song Tapera which was released in 2016. Masekela died exactly one year ago today on Tuesday, 23 January 2018 succumbing to prostate cancer.

Mtukudzi had many interests, venturing into entrepreneurship, filmmaking and philanthropy. Mtukudzi has received several accolades including five National Arts Merit Awards and three KORA All Africa Music awards.

He was awarded honorary doctorates by the International Institute of Philanthropy and Great Zimbabwe University in 2014. In 2011 he was honoured by the Italian Government with the Cavaliere of the Order of Merit Award, the country’s highest honour. His family has not released a statement on the matter.