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Oliver Mtukudzi

Oliver Mtukudzi

Oliver Mtukudzi


One of the most prolific musicians in Zimbabwe, with a career spanning over 40 years, Oliver Mtukudzi is a virtuoso in his home country. He is known for singing about issues that affect everyday life. Mtukudzi began performing in 1977 when he joined the Wagon Wheels, a band that also featured Thomas Mapfumo. Their single, "Dzandimomotera", went gold and Tuku's first album followed, which was also a major success. Mtukudzi is also a contributor to Mahube, Southern Africa's "supergroup".[1] Read more on Last.fm
One of the most prolific musicians in Zimbabwe, with a career spanning over 40 years, Oliver Mtukudzi is a virtuoso in his home country. He is known for singing about issues that affect everyday life. Mtukudzi began performing in 1977 when he joined the Wagon Wheels, a band that also featured Thomas Mapfumo. Their single, "Dzandimomotera", went gold and Tuku's first album followed, which was also a major success.

Mtukudzi is also a contributor to Mahube, Southern Africa's "supergroup".[1] With his husky voice, he has become the most recognized voice to emerge from Zimbabwe and onto the international scene and he has earned a devoted following across Africa and beyond. A member of Zimbabwe's KoreKore tribe, Nzou Samanyanga as his totem, he sings in the nation's dominant Shona language along with Ndebele and English. He also incorporates elements of different musical traditions, giving his music a distinctive style, known to fans as "Tuku Music". Mtukudzi has had a number of tours around the world.

He has been on several tours in the UK, US and Canada to perform for large audiences. Unlike Mapfumo, Mtukudzi has refrained from directly criticizing the government of President Robert Mugabe. He is the father of five children and has two grandchildren.Two of his children are also musicians. His son Sam Mtukudzi, a successful musician in his own right, died in a car accident in March 2010.[2][3] Mtukudzi also has four sisters and one brother, who died. Read more on Last.fm.

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