Zimbabwe guitarist Oliver Mtukudzi dies

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Oliver Mtukudzi

By allafrica

Zimbabwe’s legendary musician, Oliver Mtukudzi, has reportedly died at 66.

The guitar maestro was struggling with health issues for about a month. Reports say, Oliver Mtukudzi has died at Avenues Clinic in Harare.

He died exactly one year since the passing of fellow legendary South African jazz musician, Bra Hugh Masekela.

Masekela succumbed to prostate cancer  on January 23, 2018, in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

A long-time friend, mentor and brother is how Mtukudzi described the late Masekela with whom he shared 33 years of friendship, according to Times Live.

Although Tuku is a diabetic patient, the music legend had been in and out of hospital since November due to a heart ailment according to reports.

With 66 albums to his name, the musician has toured several countries and been endorsed by many companies as their brand ambassador.

He has been to all five continents of the world, playing in world capitals and at top festivals.

Tuku has contributed immensely to the nurturing of Zimbabwean music talents and holds various prestigious positions.

Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi was a musician, businessman, philanthropist, human rights activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Southern Africa Region.

Tuku was considered Zimbabwe’s most renowned and internationally recognised cultural icon of all time.

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