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Oliver Mtukudzi

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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.

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  • j_brodu

    a living hero :)

    2 Jul 2012 Reply
  • nimrodz

    Oliver Mtukudzi is a living treasure of Southern Africa.

    14 May 2011 Reply
  • gui_augusto

    o/

    23 Sep 2009 Reply
  • kigome

    i come from kenya n i would love to get oliver mtukudzi and youssou ndour album. i wanna help how i can get hold of them

    15 Sep 2009 Reply
  • StevePL

    I like world music specially from south africa region

    5 Sep 2009 Reply
  • BWoolmore

    Postscript to below - just realised that the Kunze Kwadoka listed above is another name for the Perekedza Mwana track!

    12 Jun 2009 Reply
  • BWoolmore

    This is nice stuff! Pity my fave "Perekedza Mwana" isnt up here, but I like "Chiri Nani" too

    10 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Wicked_Akuba

    Unbelievable music. My favourite voice from Zimbabwe and even all Africa.

    30 May 2009 Reply
  • nevidim

    great guy:) his voice is music to the ears even here in russia

    27 Apr 2009 Reply
  • MuzikLoVah

    love his voice.

    25 Mar 2009 Reply
  • tolentinomario

    i love this man!!!! what a musician!!

    28 Feb 2009 Reply
  • flinzz78

    "Hear me Lord" will always do it to me!!!!!

    7 Feb 2009 Reply
  • flinzz78

    I remember listening to Oliver during gradschool, while studying, and being unable to stay in my seat!!!!

    7 Feb 2009 Reply
  • motherafrica

    oh my god, I love his music.

    24 Jan 2009 Reply
  • pip08

    pure good music

    9 Dec 2008 Reply
  • rushay

    love the music Africa unite lets free our people from this evil thats prevailing music will be that healing spirit

    26 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Skeboo

    saw you man last WE in Brooklyn, great concert, great music, great crowd!

    7 Aug 2008 Reply
  • jpimentel

    The picture is just lame. Somebody vote for the other one.

    17 Jul 2008 Reply
  • terjehaakstad

    I've heard Oliver twice. Once in Mutare. Once in Harare. Oliver rules! :)

    11 Mar 2008 Reply
  • terjehaakstad

    Oliver rules! :)

    11 Mar 2008 Reply
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