“People want to be better than the next person, which is not possible, but instead, we should complement one another. That is the reason why we were put on this earth, to complement and not compete.”
Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi
Those were the wise words of the legendary musician. Words spoken to unite Africa through music, pushing past barriers created by borders or languages.
The famous musican lost his battle to diabetes at the age of 66 at Harare’s Avenues Clinic on Wednesday. This happened right as we marked the one year annivesary of another legendary jazz musician, Hugh Maskela.
Mtukudzi will forever be remembered for mixing the sounds of his acoustic guitar with that raspy voice that could have only belonged to Mtukudzi. Songs that promoted love, and spread hope.
He was also a hit in the film scene contributing to the hit Neria, which was the highest-grossing Zimbabwean film of all time.
His powerful song using just his guitar carried powerful lyrics which lifted up women in the empowerment movements that swept across African countries.
Many tributes poured in from all over South Africa. He was loved by many and will not soon be forgotten.
“If anyone ever made me proud to be Zimbabwean, it was you. Thank you for making us happy for so long, especially during the darkest days,”Coltart
“Mtukudzi’s music would transcend across borders, hence collaborating with the likes of Hugh Masekela and many others.”Gabriel Shumba