Oliver Mtukudzi (sometimes spelled Mutukudzi) has been one of the most prolific artists from Zimbabwe.
He mixed the Chimurenga music, made famous by Thomas Mapfumo, music that accompanied the liberation
war in Rhodesia, characterised by the use of rhythms of the thumb piano (Mbira), with the Mbaqanga music
from South Africa. The Mbaqanga, in Zimbabwe known as Simanje-Manje was brought in by the famous producer
Oliver began singing in a church choir at age of 10. He taught himself to play a guitar although
his parents objected to him becoming a guitar player. In the 1970s, he began recording and already
his second song became a huge hit in Zimbabwe.
In 1979, it became possible to perform openly and the road to success was open. He was one of the most
productive artists in Zimbabwe and created his own label Tuku Music, as well as a production company,
through which he also promotes young musicians to start their career.
Oliver Mtukudzi, "Tuku" in short, has produced probably more than 60 albums throughout the 1980s, 1990s until 2019,
often 2 albums per year. His son, Sam Mtukudzi, was also a musician. Tragically, Sam died in a traffic accident in March 2010.
His father, Oliver, was shattered, and the 2013 album « Sarawoga » was meant to be a tribute to Sam.
Oliver's daughter Selmor Mtukudzi is also a singer. After Oliver Mtukudzi died in 2019 of diabetis, she continued working with some of the members
of Oliver's band Black Spirits.
Musicians on Ziwere MuKøbenhavn:
Oliver Mutukudzi, Nicholas Kunaka, Picky Kasamba vocals
Albert Kapondoro electric bass
Samuel Mtewa drums
Picky Kasamba percussion
Robert Mutukudzi keyboards
Job Mteswa 1st electric guitar
Pilani Dube 2nd electric guitar
Born:22 September 1952, in Highfield, Harare
Died: Died 23 January 2019 in Harare
Style: Tuku Beat (Mbira mixed with Mbaqanga)