Johannesburg – Legendary Zimbabwean Jazz musician and human rights activist Oliver Mtukudzi passed away on Wednesday.
According to multiple news sources in Zimbabwe, Tuku , as he was affectionately known, died at the Avenues Clinic in Harare. He was 66.
According to a tweet by Masvingo Mirror “has it on good authority that he died two hours ago in the ICE at Avenues Clinic in Harare”.
His record label, Gallo Record Company, has also confirmed his passing.
No statement has been released yet by the family and the cause of Mtukudzi’s death is not yet known.
Tributes immediately began pouring in on social media.
Apart from his music, Mtukudzi was heavily involved in matters of human rights across the continent and held a slew of prestigious human rights awards, including The International Council For Africana Womanism Award, which was in recognition of his role in the upliftment of African women through his artistic work.
Fans of the celebrated jazz musician took to social media in reaction to news of his death.
He released 58 albums.