Tributes are flowing for Zimbabwean musician Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, a star of Afro-jazz who won a following across Africa and beyond after he died on Wednesday aged 66.
Zim dance hall chanters have penned down some tributary songs for the late icon.
Today high ridding chanter killer T woke up to a killer track (Mumureverere) that has kept both Tuku’s fans and his own fans shading some tears over the death of the jazz legend. In his song he pleads with Mary the mother of Jesus to speak on behalf of Tuku and tell God that the late legend was a prayerful man.
Killer T in his songs also tells people to prepare their lives for no one knows when their day will come.
Stonyeni hit maker Jah Signal also released a song (Pasi Pano) that has had many of his fans failing to hold together their emotions.
Tuku is a legend in the vibrant cross-genre music of Afro-jazz, Mtukudzi released 66 albums in a career that spanned 45 years.
He was rated by Forbes magazine as one of Africa’s 10 most bankable artists and some experts ranked him alongside Senegal’s Salif Keita and Youssou N’Dour for his innovation and influence.
His lyrics, delivered through rasping vocals, often carried social messages about HIV/AIDS and alcohol abuse and encouraging self-respect, sometimes invoking proverbs and wisdom from his mother tongue, Shona.
The president of Zimbabwe has also paid his respects to the Jazz maestro.
“Today we said goodbye to a true patriot. Oliver Mtukudzi, your voice has given us comfort during difficult times, and will remain with us for posterity,” President Emmerson Mnangagwa wrote on Twitter.
Sad to hear of the passing of jazz legend Dr Oliver Mtukudzi.He was a guest at my wedding & also my fathers friend & inspiration. We had the privilege of him singing at our Late Iconic Leader Dr Morgan Tsvangirayi's funeral.Your legacy lives on through your music,RIP Samanyanga pic.twitter.com/zK4MGFJCQE
— Vimbayi Tsvangirayi Java (MP) (@VTsvangirayi) January 23, 2019