A legend lives on
To be iconic is one thing but to be legendary is the pinnacle of greatness. Hit after hit, making music that transcends generations and moves beyond cultural barriers. Dr. Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi has given every Zimbabwean child a road trip memory, a celebration story and a penny for their thoughts. His music is not only celebratory but it educates on issues that are part of our day to day struggles.
The Neria hit maker has graced Africa with music that has given African artists inspiration from the likes of Jah Prayzah to Casper Nyovest. It is because of his benevolent spirit that artists have learned a great deal from him. A humble man with tremendous talent Tuku has given Zimbabwean music the strong roots it has today.
A cultural genius that moved beyond continental borders, the man has joined races, tribes and nations with the message of oneness and love through songs like ‘hatidi hondo’ . His will to fight for the down trodden has made him an ambassador for equality and justice. His music has played advocate for tolerance and peace. In many cases he speaks against gender based violence, with songs such as ‘tozeza’ and ‘ndochema’ illustrating the struggles faced by the African woman.
The lead of The Black Spirits worked with the likes of Ringo Madlingozi and did a cover to his hit Neria with Joss Stone. These being a few of his strides in his musical career which earned him an international status.
A renowned cultural philanthropist who has taught and mentored many young artists. He has worked with young people such as Gary Tight, Vimbai Zimuto and many others in pushing the arts and music industry of Zimbabwe further. Through his school of arts Pakare Paye many young talents have been awarded the opportunity to develop their skills as students and protégés of Dr Oliver Mtukudzi.
More than 40 years Tuku’s music has uplifted citizens. The prolific musician has graced the world with 67 albums and many hits that have played on our father’s stereos and now play on our playlists.