Pretoria - Tributes poured in on Wednesday following news of the death of Zimbabwean musical icon Oliver Mtukudzi.
Respected Zimbabwean publication, Newsday reported that Tuku, as he was affectionately known, died at the Avenues Clinic in Harare.
He was 66 and had as many albums as his age to his name.
Tuku was loved in many parts of the world - and with a significant following in South Africa.
Mtukudzi did several collaborations with South African artists including Ringo and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
A year ago, the world lost Icon Bra #HughMasekela. The very next day Bra #OliverMtukudzi joined us for some #FreshBreakfast. He spoke so fondly of Bra Hugh & the memories they created together. Exactly a year later & they are together again. 💔😰😭 #RipOliverMtukudzi #RipTuku pic.twitter.com/12vehIpwfL— DJ Fresh (Big Dawg) (@DJFreshSA) January 23, 2019
Rest in peace to one of Africa's greatest. Zimbabwean music legend Oliver Mtukudzi sadly passed. The same date as his friend Hugh Masekela who passed on a year ago. Deepest condolences to his family. What a privilege to have seen his performances live. 🙏 #OliverMtukudzi #RIPTuku pic.twitter.com/ChJjDU9syb— Ulrich Janse van Vuuren (@UlrichJvV) January 23, 2019
Do we have what it takes to be as they were! Giving of ourselves! Representing an African originality! Having Ubuntu! Aaaahhh kubuhlungu! #RipTuku my heart goes out to his family! We must go to Zimbabwe! Especially with all the pain that has been happening there!— KingTha (@thandiswamazwai) January 23, 2019
National Heroes status is what #OliverMtukudzi deserves, Mr President @edmnangagwa— C. Mambo 🇿🇼 (@cemambo) January 23, 2019
You will not get an artist whose was an embodiment of a proud Zimbabwean hero anywhere else.
Let's do the right thing.#RIPTuku pic.twitter.com/zO0gMvnABA
Wednesday also marked the first anniversary of the South African jazz legend Hugh "Bra Hugh" Masekela's passing. Bra Hugh died in a Johannesburg hospital on 23 January after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.
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