The world mourns ‘Tuku’

The world mourns ‘Tuku’
January 24 13:42 2019
By Diplomatic Correspondence

Internationally famed Zimbabwean musician Oliver “Tuku’ Mtukudzi has been mourned by the world at large.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa sent his condolences message yesterday to the Mtukudzi family describing him as an ambassador of the nation.

“An international icon, the late Dr. Mtukudzi has been our cultural ambassador throughout his illustrious musical career, raising our national flag high wherever he went to perform here at home, on the African continent and throughout the world. He was an expression of Zimbabwean identity, a man of humble character, very affable and engaging in his own unique way through Tuku music.”

“On behalf of the government, the party Zanu PF, my family and indeed, on my own behalf, I wish to extend our sincere condolences to the Mtukudzi family, especially his wife, Daisy, and the children, during this their dark hour of grief. May they derive comfort from the knowledge that the arts world in particular and our nation as a whole, share their deep pain and great loss,” said President Mnangagwa.

Embassies accredited to Zimbabwe also sent their comforting messages on different social media platforms with Embassy of Canada to Zimbabwe saying on its twitter handle “We are saddened to hear the news of the death of legendary musician Oliver Mtukudzi. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, the people of Zimbabwe, Africa and his fans across the world. Tuku will be remembered for his songs that give life, hope and healing.#RIPTuku.”

Sweden in Zimbabwe also expressed its heartfelt message “A STAR HAS LEFT US. Our condolences go out to the Mtukudzi family & the nation on the passing of the legend, superstar Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi. His music, unwavering dedication and commitment in achieving #gender equality& ending  #childmarriages will be greatly missed #. MHSRIP.”

Former South African President Jaco Zuma had this to say ‘I am deeply saddened by the passing of the legend, Oliver Mtukudzi. His music has carried us through some of our darkest and happiest times, it has also united us across borders. I would like to extend my sincere condolences to his family and friends. Zorora murugare, dear Tuku.”

Tuku received several awards during his four decades career in music, honorary degrees and recognition from several local and international organizations, universities and governments around the world. In 2014, the music legend was conferred with an honorary Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Ethno-Musicology at the Great Zimbabwe University.

Dr Oliver Mtukudzi, whose music served as the backdrop for over twenty-five AIDS documentaries across the world, was a celebrated cultural icon. Last year he was accorded a special recognition for his “inspiration and enduring commitment to ending Aids”, through the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle, Washington state.

In 2015, Mtukudzi was presented with another Lifetime Achievement Award by NTM Global Promotions in conjunction with the Association of Zimbabweans in Calgary, Canada. In the same year, the South African Ministry of Arts and Culture recognized him for his “Outstanding Life Long Contribution to the South African Music Industry”.

He is also a Reel Award Winner for Best African Language, has a KORA award for Best African Male Artiste & Life Time Achievement, and is the Cultural Ambassador courtesy of the Zimbabwe Tourism Association and Project Concern International.

‘Tuku’ has been declared a national hero by the government of Zimbabwe.






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