Zimbabwean music legend and human rights activist Oliver Mtukudzi, has died at the age of 66.
Mtukudzi’s record label Gallo Records confirmed the news on Wednesday afternoon. Head of Marketing Carol Marabe from Gallo Records company confirmed the passing of legendary Mtukudzi.
“We are not ready to give an official statement as we would like to give the family the go ahead before us. We just want to make sure that we respect the family until a spokesperson has been selected.”
In a Tweet by The Mirror Masvingo, Mtukudzi is assumed to have died at Avenues Clinic while he was in the Intensive Care Unit.
The 66-year-old music superstar, whose career took him to the international stage, has been battling illness for the past month. The musician’s family is set to release a statement later this afternoon. An outpouring of tributes have already started flooding social media.
Mtukudzi was known for hits such as Todii and Neria and was arguably Zimbabwe’s most celebrated artist ever. Tuku has contributed immensely to the nurturing of Zimbabwean music talents. He leaves behind a music legacy of 66 albums to his name, the musician has toured several countries and has been endorsed by many companies as their brand ambassador. He has been to all five continents of the world, playing in world capitals and at top festivals.
The music Icon holds various prestigious positions, among them the Goodwill Ambassador for United Nations Children’s Fund and the Cavaliere of the Order of Merit bestowed on him by the Italian government.
Mtukudzi’s dear friend and collaborator Hugh Masekela died on the same day last year. The two legends last worked together on the No Borders album, which was Masekela’s final offering before his death due to cancer.