24 January 2019
CONDOLENCE messages are pouring following the death of superstar Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi who succumbed to diabetes at the Avenues Clinic, Harare yesterday.
Below are some of the messages sent by local musicians, individuals and institutions across the world.Read on…
MORGAN HERITAGE (MUSIC GROUP, JAMAICA)
We were privileged to share the stage with the great Tuku & have the honor of meeting him in person. He was a giant of a musician & so humble at the same time. We pray the legacy of this great musician lives on forever. Our prayers go out to the family of Oliver Mtukudzi #RIP
NATHI MTHETHWA (POLITICIAN, ARTS & CULTURE MINISTER, SA)
A giant of African music has fallen with the passing of legendary Musician, the one & only, Oliver Mtukudzi. From the depths of Harare his career blossomed like the flame lily flower & his artistic genius brought us together in good times & gave us hope during our darkest hour.
Who would have thought, that bra Oliver Mtukudzi would be reunited with fellow African music legend, bra Hugh Masekela – on the same day just a year later? Together your impact shook the African soil like an earthquake, yet you still instilled a sense of hope for a brighter day.
ALICK MACHESO (MUSICIAN)
I am at loss for words, it is only yesterday I talked about his illness and how I was really worried about it. Rest In Peace Samanyanga. We have been robbed, a legend is gone. We were working on a number of projects we have lined up for this year. It’s unfortunate he is gone. He was more of a brother to me.
SULUMAN CHIMBETU (MUSICIAN)
There was a rumour two years ago and I drove to me that I am still alive but now he is really gone. This is sad, he was not just a musician to me but a father fugure and magitare acho achanakidza here? However, we just need to give him assurance that we will keep Zimbabwe music alive, we have talked a lot with mdhara (Tuku) about his music and what needs to be done by musicians. At least he left some wise words for me. RIP Samanyanga.
JAH PRAYZAH (MUSICIAN)
He was my mentor and my greatest inspiration up until now I have learnt a lot from him. He is an inspiration to many artists and we have toured a number of countries and he was know every well. When I did a collabo with Diamond Platinumz, he was singing Tozeza Baba. I don’t Zimbabwe will have a musician who will feel the void left by Tuku.
MBUYISENI NDLOZI (POLITICIAN, EFF SPOKESPERSON)
So it seems, our hearts will not rest from the torture of death- 2019’s very first act is to cut us with the sword of death from the genuine joy in our midst. In Oliver Tuku Mtukudzi, we stood tall with an eternal pride in our musical heritage; how shall we rest when heroes fall?
TRACE URBAN (MUSIC CHANNEL)
Our hearts are shattered by the passing of Legendary Zimbabwean musician Oliver ‘Tuku‘ Mtukudzi. Tuku was 66 and ready to release his 67th album. Thank you for inspiring a generation of musicians. May his soul rest in peace.
MTV BASE SOUTH
It is with sadness that we say Rest In Peace to one of the greatest musician of our time, Oliver Mtukudzi. Thank you for sharing your talent with Africa and beyond.
From Zimbabwe to the world! Although the legendary Jazz musician – Oliver Mtukudzi has passed, his music will live on forever.
TREVOR D (MUSICIAN)
Our music industry will never be the same without this iconic legend we just lost! I was planning to work with him on my 2019 project but unfortunately it’s never going to happen. MHSRIP Nzou Samanyanga
Lord may you please be with this Lioness of woman, kept our Legend and stood by him in everything… While we pray for God to be with Dr Mtukudzi family, pray for this woman Daisy Mtukudzi who lost a husband and a son in a short space of time… Dr Oliver, Rest in Peace!!
DJ STAVO (MUSICIAN)
It’s a very Dark time for Zimbabwe. My heart is heavy. My Hero, Legend Oliver Mtukudzi has passed. Africa and indeed the world has lost a great music icon, a legend whose music touched millions of people across the world. RIP Mdhara Tuku
RUVHENEKO (MEDIA PERSONALITY)
ZIMBABWEAN HERO. GLOBAL LEGEND. I asked you to sing at my wedding & you said yes! My fave song is by you & Ringo: “Into Yami.” I guess I took too long to have the wedding One day! Continents know the sound of “Tuku Music” -a genre in itself. We celebrate you Samanyanga #RIPTuku
DJ FRESH (SOUTH AFRICA)
A year ago, the world lost Icon Bra #HughMasekela. The very next day Bra #OliverMtukudzi joined us for some #FreshBreakfast. He spoke so fondly of Bra Hugh & the memories they created together. Exactly a year later & they are together again.
CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO (UGNDAN AUTHOR/JOURNALIST)
Zimbabwean music legend, Oliver Mtukudzi, has died – on the same date jazz great Hugh Masekela passed on a year ago. He was 67, and about to release his 67th album. RIP #OliverMtukudzi
EU IN ZIMBABWE
Zimbabwe has lost its most memorable voice today. We at the EU Delegation are shocked and saddened to hear that @TukuOfficial is no longer with us. Thank you for the music, the memories and the difference you made to us and Zimbabwe! Rest in peace!
Handinyarare kutaura…Ukanyarara wanyarireiko….kungoti tonho …. Asi handisikuziva kuti ndotii…
KNOWLEDGE MUSONA (FOOTBALLER, WARRIORS CAPTAIN)
R.I.P G.O.A.T Music will never be the same in Zim without youGo well mdara Samanyanga
WILLARD KATSANDE (FOOTBALLER, KAIZER CHIEFS & WARRIORS)
R.I.P Samanyanga @TukuOfficial will miss you.”usaomere moyo kaa Neria mwari anewe” kitoko makasi
BUFFALO SOULJAH (MUSICIAN)
God is gathering a band of Goats “I always have too many words but not this time ‘The pain is just unbearable I feel demotivated like a part of me has been taken away Zimbabwe/Africa has lost a legend the Father to Zimbabwean musicians Fambai Zvakana Mambo #RIPTuku
LARRY MADOWO (JOURNALIST)
‘The purpose of song is to give life and hope, to heal the broken hearts,’ Oliver Mtukudzi told me in our last chat in 2016. He & Hugh Masekela were always fun, insightful guests for everyone on my old show. Thank you for the music. I’m truly heartbroken today #RIPTuku
CITY OF JOBURG
#JoburgCares Rest in peace to the Legendary Oliver Mtukudzi who has been a prominent act at many of our City of Joburg events. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. Your music will live on… #RIPTuku #RIPOliverMtukudzi #OliverMtukudzi ^GZ
Your presence on stage was always remarkable. Everyone stood up and danced to your music all the time. You touched so many lives. You will be missed. #RIPOliverMtukudzi #OliverMtukudzi #JoburgCares ^PS
TELKOM (MOBILE GIANT, SA)
RIP to music legend ‘Samanyanga’ Oliver Mtukudzi, you touched millions of people with your music all over the world. #RIPTuku
MZANSI MAGIC (MUSIC CHANNEL)