Wow. I don’t even know where to begin. Some things hit you when you least expect it. Over the past few years, there had been a lot of fake reports stating that Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi had passed on. He even joked about it one time and said “Don’t worry. When I eventually die, I’ll give you a call to verify I’m actually dead!” Naturally, when I saw the messages on Whatsapp on the day of his passing, I just pushed it aside as one of those silly hoaxes again. It was only when a reputable newspaper posted the same thing online that I realised it was true.
For those of you who have no idea who or what I’m talking about, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi was arguably the best musician to come out of Zimbabwe, one of the best in Africa, and according to me, the world. I’m not 100% sure what his music would or should be classified as, bit I think “Afro-jazz” sort of sums it up.
Tuku’s career spanned over 40 years and he managed to release hit after hit. I won’t write much about his background here as that would be an entire post on its own. Please do take the time to click here and check out this 5 minute read on who Oliver Mtukudzi was, his life and his career.
I don’t like crowded places and as such I don’t really attend concerts and things of that nature. However, Tuku was such a favourite that I have attended quite a few of his concerts 😊I also loved Tuku not only because we are from the same clan, the Kore-kore (muriko here uko ana yaweh?), but we also shared the same totem, the elephant. I’m always excited for anything that uplifts my country, my clan and my totem. Tuku did all that by himself! No wonder he was declared a national hero!
Today I would like those celebrating Tuku’s by sharing my top 10 favourite Oliver Mtukudzi songs. Enjoy!
This is probably one of his most well known songs. I like this version featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo from South Africa.
3. Handiro Dambudziko
We are all asking this question right now. Seiko?
5. Rufu Ndimadzongonyedze
I usually think about this song when someone close to me dies. Crazy that I’m thinking about it now and it’s Tuku himself that has passed on…
6. Hear Me Lord
“Help me Lord I’m feeling low”.
7. Dzoka Uyamwe
8. Munendipasa Manyemwe
I love the kore-kore coming out in this one. And of course the signature Tuku “cough”.
9. Tozeza Baba
10. Into Yam
Love this duet with Ringo Madlingozi
I could easily add another 20 songs to this list but let me stop here. I just want to say thank you abiangu for sharing your incredible gift with us. Thank you for raising and flying high the Zimbabwean and African flags. Go well Samanyanga. May you rest in everlasting peace and power.
Please, do share your favourite Tuku songs in the comments section below. Let us know why you like/love those particular songs.