10 Things You Didn’t Know About Oliver Mtukudzi [The Legend]
- Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi is a Zimbabwean Musician (born September 22, 1952 in Highfield, Harare).Mtukudzi was married to Daisy, and the two have five children and two grandchildren. He has been reported to have other children outside his marriage. One of his sons is the late Sam Mtukudzi was also an Afro-Jazz musician.
2. Mtukudzi has two daughters with his first wife, Melody Murape. Their names are Selmor Mtukudzi (herself a musician) and Sandra Selmour has complained publicly that her dad does not support her music career.During an interview with TshisaLIVE a year ago,
3. Mtukudzi spoke about his excitement of releasing his 67th album.
4. Mtukudzi’s career spans decades, having started in 1975 when he did his debut single. Mtukudzi has his own music label ‘Tuku Music’ which is also the name of his apparel label.
5. Mtukudzi was lead actor in the movies Jita and Neria released in the 90s. Mtukudzi wrote and directed the successful live musical production ‘Was My Child’.
6. In 2011 the Forbes magazine included him in the Top 40 Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa in a list that included Akon, Chinua Achebe and Didier Drogba. The message in his music prompted the United Nations to consider him as the UNICEF Goodwill ambassador in Eastern and Southern Africa for children development and HIV awareness.
7. Oliver was gifted with a deep and gusty voice plus a talent for writing songs that reflect on the daily life and struggles of the people.
8. His work earned him a M’Net award for Best Soundtrack of 1992. Sold enough copies to qualify for gold record status. Mtukudzi has many awards to his name, these include international awards and local ones.
9. He was one of Zimbabwe’s top musicians and lead of the band The Black Spirits. His music is mainly in the Afro-Jazz genre.
10. Mtukudzi developed a sense of social and economic responsibility early in life due to the premature death of his father
11. His blending of Southern African music traditions, including Mbira, Mbaqanga, Jit, and the traditional drumming styles of the Korekore, has created such a unique sound that it has been respectfully dubbed “Tuku music.”