“Tuku’s influence is thin!”, Jonathan Moyo Digs In

Former ministers of Higher and Tertiary education, Jonathan Moyo, has insisted that his Tuku’s influence in producing music is thin. He also said that he makes no apology for this opinion.

Earlier, Jonathan Moyo was accused of having said, in 2017, that Oliver Mtukudzi’s influence in producing music was too thin for him to deserve an honourary degree from the University of Zimbabwe.

In response, Jonathan Moyo said that he stood by his opinion then and that he still thought so, clarifying that “We have great talent but very a very poor production base. Senior musicians have a duty to rectify this!”. Asked if honourary degrees are awarded to music producers only, Moyo dug in:

No, it’s not awarded for “anything only” but for a cocktail of various relevant factors taken together, including music production, in the sense of developing new talent. In my considered opinion, & this is my opinion for which I make no apology about, ‘s influence is thin!

Oliver Mtukudzi died last week, on 23 January 2019. Shortly after news broke that he had died, Moyo paid his tribute, posting on Twitter “An indisputable national hero, African icon and global star!” Mtukudzi was declared a Zimbabwe National Hero.

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The University of Zimbabwe is the oldest tertiary institution in Zimbabwe that offers degrees, diplomas and certificates in various disciplines such as agriculture and law. Read More About University of Zimbabwe

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

Jonathan Moyo is a Zimbabwean politician and former member of the ZANU-PF party where he was a member of the party's Politiburo. He is also the former minister of Higher and Tertiary Education. Moyo was expelled from Parliament as the (Tsholotsho North) Legislator in November... Read More About Jonathan Moyo

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8 comments

  1. Nice Reply

    Hate to say it he’s kinda right… He’s mentioned the criteria and the man clearly does not fit… Besides it’s just an hoberary degree… It’s does not take anything away from the man

  2. Solo Ncube Reply

    I still think guys like Mtukudzi couldn’t do much because of corrupt ministers like Moyo! Our government has adopted a culture of stealing from the poor. I don’t know how we got here. We have such a wonderful country but with very poor corrupt governence. We have a lot of talented artists in Zimbabwe but no government support

  3. Famity Advocate Reply

    How awful that those not worthy to judge sit in positions to judge. When there was nothing about Zimbabwean musicians, this man represented us. Maybe that is the criteria that matters. Who sets up these criteria anyway? Shouldn’t it be about positive impact and influence and the content of music rather than awarding the rubbish called music that ultimately leads to misguided conceptions? The rubbish called music undermining our moral standard as a respectable nation should not be rated at the same level as constructive morally sound music. Shouldn’t that be a criteria for consideration as to who is worthy? There was a time before the kitchen parties of the eighties and nineties that brought immoral music, dancing and a definite increase in promiscuous behaviour hence the sexually transmitted pandemic that can be traced to stupid music. Irresponsible artists promoting wrong music to gullible people have a lot to answer for. We know music can influence behaviours therefore artists who think right should be awarded for building people.

  4. Anonymous Reply

    Tuku is my Hero as a Zimbabwean. His influence on my conscience did not spread thin. There is no other mentor, motivational speaker or psychotherapist who guided me through most rights of passage as Tuku’s music did.

  5. Moyo Chirandu Reply

    Moyo is a lost and bitter man living in the mountains of Kenya. It’s not his individual opinion that matters. He was a driver in the corrupt government which he now criticises. You brought repressive media laws that are now biting you. Leave the legend alone and focus on the mountain monkeys, your neighbours.Doctor or no doctor Tuku is a legend. He is not a legend because he is a doctor, no, but he is a doctor because he is a legend.
    RIP TUKU

  6. Breezy Reply

    Its very sad to hear such a learned guru like you J Moyo….saying such gadavarous pathetic things about a man like Tuku. What will people say about you when you are gone huh? All u knw is to negatively criticize people whose standing in the society has no blemish….at least we knew his musical intents were to comfort us when we were about to go mad because of controversial leadership whilst u were wt zanu. Try and reform so to keep th litle legacy that you are trying to build now Moyo…..because ironically h hv nothing to be celebrated ic u were to die today.

  7. Ben Reply

    Thanks but no thanks micky mouse professor on the run. Keep your thin opinion to yourself.

  8. Taffie Reply

    Tuku Tuku shut up you Jonathan .You don’t have nothing to say about Tuku.If you are a man with balls of steel come and enjoy life in Zimbabwe .How come Mr mugabe is in Zimbabwe .what do you know about music. Kuba is what you know.

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