Academics from Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) have started working on a book telling the life of the late national hero and music icon Oliver Mtukudzi.
The institution, which conferred an honorary doctorate on Mtukudzi in 2014, has since begun compiling scholarly writings on his life. GZU Director Information and Public Relations Mr Anderson Chipatiso said the project titled The Life and Times of Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi (1952-2019) will academically package the contributions Mtukudzi made to the Pan-African discourse through his lengthy musical career. Said Chipatiso:
The Great Zimbabwe University-initiated book project seeks to discuss and record the contribution of Oliver Mtukudzi’s life and music to the socio-cultural landscape of Zimbabwe, Africa and the world. The book is in two parts; the biographical and performance related section and the socio-cultural significance of his music. The biographical section traces the trajectory of his life and musical career and explores the connections that shaped and influenced his world view. The other part critically reflects how the man’s creative works re-figure pertinent socio-cultural issues in Zimbabwe and beyond. It explores a whole range of themes from culture, politics, morality, spirituality to romance.
When contacted by The Herald, Mtukudzi’s daughter Selmor said she could not comment on the gesture since GZU has not yet notified her family.