PICTURES: Remembering Tuku

One of Zimbabwe’s, and indeed Africa’s, greatest musicians, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, died today in 2019. The music legend, who declared a national hero following his death, is remembered today.

Here are some pictures recalling the memory of Samanyanga’s music career.

Singing “Handidi Nhamo”


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Tuku on the album cover of “Hwema Handirase” on of his early releases


Oliver Mtukudzi at his wedding to Melody Murape in 1979. Melody is the mother of Selmor and Sandra Mtukudzi.
Crowds at the wedding, which was held at Gwanzura stadium in Harare



Oliver mtukudzi on the “Shoko” album cover. Shoko was one of his most successful albums


Tuku in a picture with the Black Spirits band members on the “Shanje” album cover


Tuku’s “Maungira” album cover


Oliver Mtukudzi on the “Pss Pss Hallo!” album cover


Tuku with a colleague on the “Please Ndapota” album cover


“Was my child” album cover


A sweating tuku in a photo for the Ndipeiwo Zano album


Tuku on the cover of 1988 album, “Sugar Pie”


Harare, ZIMBABWE: Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi (L) and Louis Mhlanga (R) play, 24 September 2005 during a concert in Harare celebrating Mtukudzi’s, aka “Tuku”, 53rd birthday. AFP PHOTO/STRINGER (Photo credit should read STR/AFP via Getty Images)


Side by side photos of Mtukudzi and fellow music legend, Thomas Mapfumo. The two have traditionally been compared to each other in terms of the greatness of their music.


Tuku with some of his children, the late son Sam, and daughter, Selmor (both also musicians)



with the late South African Jazz musician, Hugh Masekela


with Yvonne Chaka Chaka



Tuku with fellow music legend, Thomas Mapfumo


with SA musician Ringo







Tuku performs with Steve Dyer and Hugh Masekela


UNITED STATES – APRIL 01: NEW ORLEANS JAZZ FESTIVAL Photo of Oliver MTUKUDZI (Photo by Leon Morris/Redferns)


Photos with Jah Prayzah




Oliver Mtukudzi Casket at his public funeral at the National sports stadium following his death in January 2019. Credit:


1952 – Forever! Oliver Mtukudzi’s daughters, Selmor and Sandra remember their father in February 2019

Mtukudzi is buried at his family rural home in Madziva.

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PICTURES: Remembering Tuku