Legendary musician and philanthropist, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, died on Wednesday afternoon aged 66 after fighting a long term illness at the Avenue Clinic in Harare, Zimbabwe.
1/3 I have just completed this drawing of the legendary Oliver Mtukudzi. I am a Zimbabwean medical student and pencil artist from Harare. Please like and RT one more time in celebration of the legacy of this great icon!
— Keith Ndlovu (@keithndlovu1) February 4, 2019
Tuku was born in 1952 and is known as the most influential musician of all time in Zimbabwe and one of the pioneers of African music. The Zimbabwean has 66 albums to date and his death marks the end of a four-decade successful career.
Popularly known for songs such as Todii, Neria, Wasakari, amongst other popular African songs, Tuku portrayed African culture and was an inspiration to all across the continent and beyond, as his music cut across generations.
He has vast achievements. In 2003, he received the KORA award, the highest distinction in African music, as top male artist in Africa and for lifetime achievement. He has won numerous awards and has featured in many TV programmes and magazines such as ‘Time Africa’. In 2011, he was named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for United Nations Children’s Fund for southern and eastern Africa.
In Kenya, the authentic African music icon graced the seventh edition of the Koroga Festival back in 2015 and is known for the popular song Twende Twende with another icon Eric Wainaina.
This gloomy news comes exactly a year after his friend, South African legend Hugh Masekela passed on.
Many paid tribute to Tuku on social media as the African Giant has left behind music and a legacy that will live on forever.