It’s a dark month for Africa. One of the greatest sons of the continent is no more. Legendary singer Oliver Mtukudzi is gone. The “Todii” hitmaker passed away on after suffering from diabetes. He died in Zimbabwe.
Mtukudzi, the greatest of them all (GOAT) had recorded 66 albums during his career and was working on his 67 at the time of his passing. He was scheduled to release it sometime this year.
Africans from all walks of nature have eulogized the singer as a great man, hardworking, jovial and creative. Below are some of the tributes;
shepherdbushiri: I have learnt with extreme sadness of the passing of one of Africa’s greatest sons, Oliver Mtukudzi in Harare, Zimbabwe today.
For decades, and across several generations, Tuku inspired many, comforted many more others, and spoke truth through music. He is a legend, who will always rank among the greatest of all time. Through Oliver, we have learnt that music transcends language, that music goes beyond race and ethnicity.
I would like to send my condolences to the Mtukudzi family their friends, the people of Zimbabwe, Africa and all music lovers. Go well son of the soil. Rest in power!
Bramm Karamoja: Rest In Peace to one of the greatest African musician of our time, Oliver Mtukudzi 🙏🙏
Victor Kenani: Rest in Peace Papa!
His death comes exactly one year after that of his close friend Jazz Maestro Hugh Masekela who died on 23 January 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Heaven has a song
Ginadkariuki: Turning up the volume listening to #todi and celebrating the life of #olivermtukudzi this morning. Africa has indeed lost a legend. We thank God for the joy and happiness he brought to so many
Maina Kageni: Oooohhhh, Todii!!! RIP Oliver Mtukudzi….. what a career!!! SIXTY SEVEN albums, millions of nourished souls, a perfect example of marketing a brand no matter the age, a national Hero to his nation, Zimbabwe and an African ICON…. rest well..
Suzanna Owiyo: Tuku my dear brother, tell me it’s not true. Just the other day you checked on me..trying to find out if i was safe after #DusitHotel terror attack. I celebrate you. Africa has lost a true gem, an Icon, a Legend. Shine on my brother. It is well Oliver Mtukudzi #RIPTuku
Larry Madowo: ‘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
Carol Radull: Music maestro Oliver Mtukudzi has died at the age of 67 – on the same date that jazz great Hugh Masekela passed on a year ago. #RIPTuku
Sauti Sol: Oh noooo! Not Oliver Mtukudzi 😭 💔 Rest with the angels 🙏🏾👑 #RIPTuku #RIPOliverMtukudzi
Kifefe Kizza Besigye: FREEDOM FIGHTER Oliver Mtukudzi bows out. He used music to fight both White & Black minority rule in Zimbabwe. His song WASAKERA, meaning “You’re too old” that was banned in Zimbabwe in 2001, is highly needed in Uganda today! Fare thee well Freedom Fighter.
Tedd Eugene: SAD! Veteran Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi is dead. His record label Gallo Records confirms. The King of Todi, Neria, Mutserendende and many more. #RIPOliverMtukudzi #RIPTuku
Wishes Zimunya: The fact that Oliver Mtukudzi passed on on the first death anniversary of his friend Hugh Masekela…..💔💔💔 #riptuku #Tuku