Oliver Mtukudzi: Tuku Cancels Show Due to Health Scare

Harare - Respected musician Oliver Mtukudzi is said to be recuperating at home following a health scare. Tuku is considered Zimbabwe's most renowned and internationally recognised cultural icon of all time.

Tuku was scheduled to perform at the United Kingdom recently for the London Jazz Festival on November 18, but his doctors advised him against travelling.

“He is well and is at home in Norton. He didn’t travel to the United Kingdom because his doctors advised him not to travel because of health concerns. But he is at home doing very well,” he said.

Tuku was scheduled to perform at the festival dubbed “The Boy’s Doin’ It” together with Hugh Masekela’s old touring band, Selema Masekela, and Sibongile Khumalo.

Organisers of the international jazz extravaganza later on issued a statement notifying fans that the musician was no longer coming. “Sadly Oliver Mtukudzi suffered heart problems last week .
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“He is stable and recovering, but won’t be able to take part in this concert. We all wish Oliver a swift and complete recovery,” noted the organisers in their statement.

In February 2015, he missed a show in Bulawayo where he was set to perform alongside South African musician Ringo Madlingozi. He was said to have failed to travel for the show due to his worsening diabetic condition which he only revealed in 2010.

Mtukudzi was born 22 September 1952 in Highfield, Harare and is a Zimbabwean musician, businessman, philanthropist, human rights activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Southern Africa Region.

Mtukudzi began performing in 1977 when he joined the Wagon Wheels, a band that also featured Thomas Mapfumo. Their single Dzandimomotera went gold and Tuku's first album followed, which was also a major success. Mtukudzi is also a contributor to Mahube, Southern Africa's "supergroup".

With his husky voice, Mtukudzi has become the most recognised voice to emerge from Zimbabwe and onto the international scene and he has earned a devoted following across Africa and beyond.

A member of Zimbabwe's KoreKore group, with Nzou Samanyanga as his totem, he sings in the nation's dominant Shona language along with Ndebele and English. He also incorporates elements of different musical traditions, giving his music a distinctive style, known to fans as Tuku Music.

Mtukudzi has had a number of tours around the world. He has been on several tours in the UK, US and Canada to perform for large audiences. In 2017 Mtukudzi entertained guests at the wedding of Zimbabwean businessman Wicknell Chivayo.

Mtukudzi is the father of five children and has two grandchildren. Two of his children are also musicians. His son Sam Mtukudzi, a successful musician in his own right, died in a car accident in March 2010. Mtukudzi was born in a family of six; one of his sisters and his only brother died.

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