Zimbabwe Music Legend Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi Dies Aged 66

Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi
23 January 2019

Musician Oliver Mtukudzi's distinctive style won him fans at home and around the world. Besides putting out dozens of albums during his a career spanning decades, Mtukudzi was also known as an advocate for human rights.

Legendary Zimbabwean musician Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi passed away on Wednesday in a hospital in Harare at the age of 66, his manager said.

"He died this afternoon at a private hospital ... The funeral arrangements will be announced in due course," Mutukudzi's manager, Walter Wanyanya, told news agency DPA.

The cause of his death was not immediately known.

Mtukudzi was a prolific musician, putting out over 60 albums in his 45-year career. His songs were a distinctive blend of Zimbabwean and South African rhythms that were known as "Tuku music."

Mtukudzi was also known for singing in three of his country's languages -- Shona, Ndebele and English -- and for featuring traditional Shona instruments such as the marimba and mbira.

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