Zimbabwe – Legendary Zimbabwean musician and human rights activist Oliver Mtukudzi passed away on Wednesday.
The Honorable MP for Norton (Tuku’s Residence) Temba P. Mliswa confirmed the reported that Tuku , as he was affectionately known, died at the Avenues Clinic in Harare. He was 66. He said, “I have it on good authority that Dr. Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi is no more. We’ve lost an icon & my heartfelt condolences to Daisy & family. I’m writing to the President to apply for National Hero status for his national contribution to the music, arts & culture industry“.
Mtukudzi was known for hits such as Todii and Neria and was arguably Zimbabwe’s most celebrated artist ever.
Apart from his music, Mtukudzi was heavily involved in matters of human rights across the continent and held a slew of prestigious human rights awards, including The International Council For Africana Womanism Award, which was in recognition of his role in the upliftment of African women through his artistic work.
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