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Oliver Mtukudzi: Icon who steered clear of politics but touched many - 3 months ago, 24 Jan 10:04

Reuters

Zimbabwe’s most successful and internationally renowned musician Oliver Mtukudzi died on Wednesday after suffering from diabetes, ending a career that spanned four decades and 67 albums.

The 66-year-old singer, affectionately known as “Tuku”, died at a local clinic on Wednesday afternoon, the Minister of Information Monica Mutsvangwa said.

As news of his death filtered out, government ministers, lawmakers and ordinary Zimbabweans set aside the country’s political troubles to pay tribute to the most recognized artist to emerge from Zimbabwe onto the international scene.

Mtukudzi began performing in 1977 with Thomas Mapfumo, another successful artist whose protest music remains popular.

With his husky voice, Mtukudzi earned a devoted following across Africa and beyond. He largely steered clear of politics in his songs, which touched on people’s everyday life struggles.

But in 2001, his song Wasakara, loosely translated as “you are old” from the chart-topping album Bvuma/Tolerance, was interpreted by many to refer ...
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