Oliver Mtukudzi (1952-2019)

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 West Nkosi.

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

Oliver Mtukudzi
   Oliver Mtukudzi   

Born:22 September 1952, in Highfield, Harare
Died: Died 23 January 2019 in Harare
Style: Tuku Beat (Mbira mixed with Mbaqanga)

Title Year Label Remarks
Hany'Ga (Concern) 2018 Sheer Sound SLCD 1802
Eheka! Nhai Yahwe (Enjoy! My Dear Friend) 2016 Sheer Sound SLCD 402
One Night at Sixty 2015 Sheer Sound Live recording
Mukombe We Mvura 2014 Sheer Sound SLCD 309 (Live at Pakare Paye)
Sarawoga 2013 Sheer Sound SLCD 254
Rudaviro 2012 Sheer Sound SLCD 234
Dairai 2009 Sheer Sound
Tsimba Itsoka 2007 Heads Up HUCD-3124
Wonai 2006 Sheer Sound SLCD 101 CD
Nhava 2005 Heads Up HUCD 3102 (Telarc)
Collection 1991 - 1997 2004 Sheer Sound SLCD 076 CD
Collection 1984 - 1991 2004 Sheer Sound SLCD 075 CD
Maungira: The Early Years 2004 Gallo CDGSP3064 CD
The Other Side - Live in Basel 1994 2004 Shava Music SHAVACD014-2 Previously released on Jacarda (1995)
Tsivo (Revenge) 2003 Sheer Sound SLCD049
Greatest Hits: The Tuku Years 98-02 2003 Sheer Sound SLCD035 Also: ZMC TUKU008
The Oliver Mtukudzi Collection: The Tuku Years 2003 Putumayo PUTU214-2 CD, compilation
Shanda 2002 Sheer Sound SLCD031
Vunze Moto 2002 Putumayo CD PUT 199-2
Chinhambwe 2001 Tuku TKLCD21 Re-release on CD
Svovi Yangu 2001 Tuku TKLCD18 Re-release on CD
Neria Soundtrack 2001 Tuku TKLCD7 Also Sheer Sound SLCD013 (2002)
Bvuma - Tolerance 2001 Tuku CD 004 Also Sheer Sound SLCD006 (2002)
Paivepo 2000 Putumayo CD PUT 168-2
Tuku Music 1999 Putumayo CD PUT 152-2 Also on Label Bleu/Indigo LBLC 2549 (1999) and Earthsongs ATLAS9004
Dzangu Dziye 1998 Zimbabwe Music Corporation CD ZIL 314
Ndega Zvangu 1998 Shava Musik SHAVACD008-2
Ziwere MuKøbenhavn 1994 Shava Musik SHAVACD001-2 Also Sheer Sound SLCD011 (2002)
Ivai Navo 1994 Sheer Sound SLCD 184
... was my Child 1993 Tuku Music TKLCD14 CD / LP / cassette
Rumbidzai Jehova 1992 Tuku Music TKLCD11 CD
Rombe 1992 Tuku Music TKLP 10 LP
Shoko 1991 Tuku Music OMCD 005 Also Piranha PIR30-2 (2002) and Sheer Sound SLCD010
Mutorwa 1991 Tuku Music TKLP 8 Also Sheer Sound SLCD 230 (2012)
Kuvhaira 1991 Tuku Music TKLP 6 LP / Cassette
Psss Psss Hallo! 1990 CSA Records CSLP 5005 LP / Cassette
Chikonzi (Messenger!) 1990 Tuku Music TKLP 5 LP / Cassette
Tuku Live at Sakubva Concert 1989 Tuku Music TKLP 4 2 LP
Grandpa Story 1989 Tuku Music TKLP 3 LP
Nyanga Yenzou 1988 Tuku Music TKLP 2 LP
Strange Isn't It? 1988 RTP Production / Tuku Music TKLP 1 LP
Sugar Pie 1988 ZMC / Musi-Oa-Tunya ZIL 220 LP
Wawona 1987 ZMC / Musi-Oa-Tunya ZIL 214 LP
Zvauya Sei? 1986 ZMC ZIL 209 LP
Gona 1986 Kudzanayi ZIL 205 LP
Mhaka 1985 Kudzanayi BL 502 LP
Hwema Handirase 1984 Kudzanayi BL 479 LP
Nzara 1983 Kudzanayi BL 459 LP
Oliver's Greatest Hits 1983 Kudzanayi BL 430 LP
Please Ndapota 1982 Kudzanayi BL 409 LP
Maungira 1982 Kudzanayi BL 354 LP
Shanje 1981 Kudzanayi BL 304 LP, originally title was plannned to be 'Pfambi'
Africa 1980 Kudzanayi BL 241 LP
Muroyi Ndiani 1980 Kudzanayi BL 229 LP
Chokwadi Chichabuda 1979 Kudzanayi BL 179 LP
Ndipeiwo Zano 1978 Kudzanayi BL 151 LP

Diverses sources
[link to https://www.discogs.com...] [retrieved January 2024]
[link to https://www.herald.co.zw...] [retrieved January 2024]

Page added June 2001, updated January 2024