Pictures: Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi – Samanyanga’s last journey home
Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi, who died at the age of 66, on 23 January 2019, was buried on Sunday, 27th of January in Madziwa, his rural home. Hundreds of mourners from across Zimbabwe, and the continent attended the funeral, celebrating the life of a global icon whose music will certainly live on.
The death of famed Zimbabwean musician, and social commentator lovingly known as “Tuku” plunged the country and continent in mourning. Mtukudzi died at Harare’s Avenues Clinic after battling diabetes for years at the age of 66.
The government of Zimbabwe declared him a National hero, a first for a musician or artist in the country. The Mtukudzi family accepted the honour but decided to bury him at his home in Madziwa (situated about 140 km from the capital, Harare), instead of the National Heroes Acre, where the country’s heroes and heroines who fought in the liberation war are interred.
Below are some pictures from the tribute show at held at the National Sports Stadium on Saturday 26, January, funeral and burial in Madziwa.
Tuku tribute show held at the National Sports Stadium, Saturday 26, January