Veteran jazz musician Oliver Mtukudzi has died at the age of 66.
His record label Gallo Records confirmed the news on Wednesday afternoon.
#OliverMtukudzi CONFIRMED: Zimbabwean born legendary musician has died at the age of 66 in his home country. He died today. Mtukudzi died in a Zimbabwean hospital a few hours ago. BD— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) January 23, 2019
The cause of Mtukudzi’s death is not yet known.
The music legend, fondly known by many as Tuku, was scheduled to grace the Cape Town International Jazz Festival stage this year.
As well as being a musician, he was also a businessman, philanthropist, human rights activist and Unicef goodwill ambassador for Southern Africa Region.
Some of his most memorable hits include "Neria" and "Todii".
Mtukudzi’s death comes exactly one year after the death of his dear friend and fellow musician bra Hugh Masekela, on this day.
An outpouring of tributes has already flooded social media
Tuku💔 RIP to a most humble and incredible musician whose music was universally loved #RipOliverMtukudzi it’s almost a cruel joke as we commemorate a year of Bra Hugh’s passing today— Aaaah Zanomculo (@thandiswamazwai) January 23, 2019
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
Devastated to hear the news about Tuku. He was a legend of legends. #RIPTuku— Doug Coltart ✊🏽🇿🇼 (@DougColtart) January 23, 2019
Exactly one year to the day after Bra Hugh died and in the middle of yet another explosive crisis in Zim. Oh Tuku. You will be missed. Thank you for the glorious music & for being such a wonderful African statesman for the arts. 😭😭😭 How Sway???? #RestInPowerOliverMtukudzi https://t.co/egz1LXs5em— Bessie’s Head (@lebomashile) January 23, 2019
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