Global music icon Dr Oliver Mtukudzi was yesterday declared a national hero, becoming Zimbabwe's first musician to be accorded such status. I don't know if I will ever speak to you again.
"Tuku raive dhara ndovaka gadzira music industry yemuZimbabwe (Mtukudzi was a legend, who played a key role in shaping the Zimbabwean music industry)", said Tineyi Chesa, a vendor who sells pirated musical discs.
KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Arts and Culture Bongiwe Sithole- Moloi made the statement while conveying her heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mtukudzi.
His death comes nearly nine years after he lost his son Sam, who died in a vehicle accident on March 15, 2010 while driving home with his boyhood friend.
@Cemambo said, "Re-united with your beloved son. We pray the legacy of this great musician lives on forever".
People gathered at the home of one of the country's most famous musicians, Oliver Mtukudzi, who died yesterday aged 66 from complications of diabetes.
"To Amai Mtukudzi, I want to say on behalf of our party Zanu-PF, Government and myself as President and on behalf of all Zimbabweans that we have agreed that he be declared a national hero", announced the President.
Mtukudzi's worsening health was revealed past year towards the festive season when he was forced to cancel his tour of the United Kingdom, due to what promoters said was a result of "heart failure". He & Hugh Masekela were always fun, insightful guests for everyone on my old show.
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Gallo Records confirmed the news of the star's death but said there were no details available. Wonderful memories of seeing him live in Harare in the 1990's. The celebrated musician has over 67 albums. This pic with his mum at home.