Kenyans have joined the rest of Africa in mourning following the death of legendary Zimbabwean singer Oliver Mtukudzi.
Mtukudzi died at a Harare hospital on Wednesday, January 23 after he was admitted early this week following an ailment.
He was 66 years old.
Kenyan entertainers and mainly older people who resonated with his music took to social media to pay their respect. Singer Suzanna Owiyo, who was a close friend to him, was really shocked by his death given that they had spoken just a few days ago. Mtukudzi had checked on her after the Dusti D2 14 Riverside terror attack.
“Tuku my dear brother, tell me it’s not true. Just the other day you checked on me..trying to find out if i was safe after #DusitHotel terror attack. I celebrate you. Africa has lost a true gem, an Icon, a Legend. Shine on my brother. It is well Oliver Mtukudzi #RIPTuku,” wrote Suzanna Owiyo.
“Thank you for teaching us the power of music to effect change .. RIP Oliver Mtukudzi” said singer Avril on social media.
“Rest well Baba,” Nameless captioned a photo of the legendary singer on his Instagram page.
Jua Cali once shared a stage with the singer. On instagram, he mourned him saying he was more than honored.
“R.I.P Champ. It was an honour to share the same stage with you in Dubai a few years back. #olivermtukudzi” he said.
Comedian Churchil and Jalango also shared an update to pay respect.
“Wakamba muache kusema Oliver Mtukudzi ni wenu…. Rest easy legend! One of the greatest musicians of our time…the original African Sound.#RIPTuku” said Churchill.
“Shine on Oliver! Happy to have shared stage with you! It is curtain call for you here on earth but the show goes on in heaven! Rest in Peace!” said Jalango.
Interestingly, Mtukudzi passed away the on the same day as celebrated South African trumpeter and Jazz artiste Hugh Masekela.
On January 23, Jazz legend Masekela also passed on after long battle with prostate cancer. He was 78 years old.
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