Namibian musicians pay tribute to Tuku

24 Jan 2019 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 24 JAN (NAMPA) – Namibian musicians have hailed the late Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi as an African musical legend of his time.
The Zimbabwean businessman, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador of southern Africa and human rights activist, died aged 66 at Avenues Clinic in Harare on Wednesday.
Local musician, Ndasuunje ‘Papa’ Shikongeni, who produce music of the same genre, said Tuku is a great legend and an artist who carried the African culture and heritage in his music, which was mainly in Shona, Ndebele and English.
He described Tuku’s music as strong and spiritual that comes from the heart of his culture and tradition.
“I hope the young musicians in SADC [Southern African Development Community] can follow his path and play music that has our culture and heritage so that his message cannot be in vain,” he added.
Big Ben, real name Ben Kandukira, who also shared the stage with Tuku, said the renowned artist taught him to be true to his roots and sound.
“There was a time where he was a ‘nobody’ but for the last 20 or 30 years, his music has been popular and his sound has not changed throughout and this taught me persistence and consistency in my music,” Big Ben noted.
He said Tuku’s life is to be celebrated and not mourned.
Martin Morocky, known commercially as The Dogg, said meeting Tuku was a humbling experience.
“I expected to go to him and say ‘Hi’ but instead he is the one who called me and asked me to sit next to him,” The Dogg recalled fondly.
He described the Zimbabwean as an activist and that his activism came through in his music as it speaks to the soul.
“He was a great musician, especially doing music in a country where you could not say or speak much to the president. He sang of all the social issues,” The Dogg noted.