Even in his death Oliver Mtukudzi has continued uniting people as witnessed by a lot of tributes to him by not only Zimbabweans but leaders the world over.
His death has seen politicians, entertainers and ordinary citizens coming together to mourn the legendary musician affectionately known as “Tuku”.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa, South African President Cyril Ramaposa, MDC Alliance President Nelson Chamisa, Economic Freedom Fighters President Julias Malema and former South African President Jacob Zuma are among politicians who have paid tribute to the late music icon.
“I am deeply saddened by the passing of the legend, Oliver Mtukudzi. His music has carried us through some of our darkest and happiest times, it has also united us across borders. I would like to extend my sincere condolences to his family and friends. Zorora murugare, dear Tuku,” said former president Jacob Zuma.
“The EFF sends heartfelt condolences on the passing of the beloved musician, philanthropist and human rights activist Oliver Mtukudzi who was affectionately known as Tuku to many of his supporters. May his soul Rest in Revolutionary Peace. Usaore moyo Zimbabwe, Mwari anewe,” said EFF in their tribute to Mtukudzi.
“Deeply saddened to learn of the passing of music legend and human rights activist Oliver Mtukudzi. He is immortalized through the contribution he made to the arts, with talent that fired up all of Africa. Deepest condolences to his loved ones. From his No. 1 fan in the whole world,” South African President Cyril Ramaposa said.
“Today we said goodbye to a true patriot. Oliver Mtukudzi, your voice has given us comfort during difficult times, and will remain with us for posterity. Rest in peace comrade. The passing on of Oliver Mtukudzi at such a young age is sad and tragic. He truly was an amazing maestro whose music conquered generations. Will always cherish the many memories shared over the years. But as he would say “pangu pese ndasukura ndapedza-Zvimwe hazvibvunzwe izvi” President Mnangagwa said.
“That the people’s legend, Oliver Mtukudzi is a People’s HERO is beyond deliberation. For such a plain fact, we mere mortals can only acknowledge as we all hereby do. That he is a HERO is not because he has passed on but because he always was, even before his final rest,” MDC Alliance President Nelson Chamisa said.
Even musicians including across Africa also sent their condolences
“We were privalidged to share the stage with the great Tuku & have the honor of meeting him in person. He was a giant of a musician & so humble at the same time. We pray the legacy of this great musician lives on forever. Our prayers go out to the family of Oliver Mtukudzi,” Jamaican music outfit Morgan Heritage.
Local musicians including those he mentored also took time to pay tribute while Toki Vibes and Jah Signal both rereased songs in honour of Mtukudzi.