Tribute: “Whatever our divisions, we came from the land of Tuku”

Zimbabwean journalist and blogger, Ranga Mberi, writes a tribute for the late Oliver Mtukudzi:

As the hearse exited the gates of the private hospital, the wind seemed to hush, only for a while, as if to take a breath. In the car park where fans stood were also politicians of all varieties.

In that brief silence, they must all have realised that we had just lost one of our few genuinely good sides. Tuku was the voice that softened the many blows that this country has had to take over the past decades; the wars, the economic crises, the violence and the intolerance.


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We were losing one of a few parts of Zimbabwe that we were not ashamed to show the world. Tuku gave us Neria, the song a Kenyan will sing with tears in her eyes, without understanding a single word, and the song the South African customs guy still hums as he stamps your Zimbabwean passport.

Whatever our divisions, we came from the land of Tuku.

In our division and hate, Oliver Mtukudzi was the one happy place we all went to for rest; coming from whatever political side, or from whichever part of town.

More: Mail & Guardian

Oliver MtukudziRanga Mberi

Oliver Mtukudzi, also known as "Tuku" (short for Mtukudzi) was a singer-songwriter, actor, writer, film director and entrepreneur. With over 60 albums to his name, he was one of Zimbabwe's top musicians and lead of the band The Black Spirits. His music was mainly in... Read More About Oliver Mtukudzi

Ranga Mberi is a Zimbabwean journalist and public relations professional who is quite popular on Twitter and other social media platforms. He is currently employed by Metallon Gold and also writes articles online for some local and regional publications. Read More About Ranga Mberi

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Tribute: “Whatever our divisions, we came from the land of Tuku”