Zimbabwean music icon dies

Legendary Zimbabwean musician and human rights activist Oliver Mtukudzi passed away on Wednesday.

The 66-year-old musician, nicknamed Tuku, had been struggling with his health for over a month, died at the Avenues Clinic in Harare.

Mtukudzi was known for hits such as Todii and Neria and was arguably Zimbabwe’s most celebrated artist ever.

Apart from his music, Mtukudzi was heavily involved in matters of human rights across the continent and held a slew of prestigious human rights awards, including The International Council For Africana Womanism Award, which was in recognition of his role in the upliftment of African women through his artistic work.

Mtukudzi was a businessman, philanthropist, human rights activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Southern Africa Region.

In 2017, Mtukudzi held a successful concert in Uganda which left many of his fans in awe.

With about 58 albums, the afro jazz singer came to the limelight in the 80s when he joined fellow singers to provide a sound of the revolution and has since built a huge fan base across the world.