The International Committee of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, joins African and global music communities to mourn the death of African music legend, Dr Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi, who died on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, aged 66, in Harare, Zimbabwe.
The celebrated singer, songwriter and guitarist, immensely impacted the world with a legacy of great music spanning four decades and 67 music albums.
He is regarded as a cultural icon who used his work to promote African arts and culture on the continent and in the world at large.
Mtukudzi’s Afro-jazz compositions so touched on socio-cultural issues that he was the recipient of the AFRIMA Legend Award, a category of the All Africa Music Awards that recognises the influence and excellence of the continent’s music legends who contribute to the growth of African music and culture and use their craft to bring global renown to the continent.
Tuku was present on the live stage of the 2017 AFRIMA Main Awards held on November 10, at the Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria, were, besides receiving his 23.7 carat gold plated trophy for his recognition as an African music legend, he also performed his hit 1995 single, ‘Hear Me Lord.’
In a condolence letter addressed to the government and people of Zimbabwe through the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality, Zimbabwe, the president and executive producer of All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, Mike Dada, described Mtukudzi’s passing as a huge loss to the music world.
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