The date 23rd January is taking its mark to be one of the saddest days in the African music industry after Oliver Mtukudzi breathed his last exactly one year since Hugh Masekela passed on.

Known for his inspirational music, Oliver Mtukudzi (66) was a master of Afro-jazz whose lyrics often carried social messages about HIV/Aids and coded political commentary.

He came to prominence in the 1970s as one of the voices of the revolution fighting white-minority rule.

Considered as Zimbabwe’s most renowned and internationally recognized cultural icon of all time, Mtukudzi was a legendary musician, businessman, philanthropist, human rights activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the Southern Africa Region.

In his four decades career, Mtukudzi released 67 albums and toured the world.

He was last on Ugandan soil in June 2017 as he headlined at a music event in Kampala, ‘The Lock Down’.

One of his biggest songs ‘Todii’ will be hugely remembered by Africans of all generations for the great message and inspiration it carried.

He passed away on Wednesday afternoon at Avenues Clinic in Zimbabwe’s capital and top world figures continue to pour in their condolences to his family and fans.

RIP Tuku!

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Josh Ruby is an Editor with high interest and knowledge in the Ugandan entertainment space, an industry he has been actively part of since 2010. Leads to breaking stories are welcome!

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