African Jazz legend Oliver Mtukudzi dies at 66

Veteran jazz musician Oliver Mtukudzi. He died on Wednesday afternoon at a hospital in Harare./COURTESY

Veteran Zimbabwean jazz musician Oliver Mtukudzi has died.

Oliver, famously known for his song ‘Todii’ died on Wednesday at a hospital in Harare after a battle with diabetes.

Mtukudzi’s record label Gallo Record confirmed the passing of the 66 year old to Sowetan.

“We are not ready to give an official statement as we would like to give the family the go ahead before us. We just want to make sure that we respect the family until a spokesperson has been selected,” said the record’s Head of Marketing Carol Marabe.

With 66 albums to his name, Oliver took his last breath exactly a year after the music industry lost another Jazz musician, Hugh Masekela.

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Mtukudzi has won numerous awards including Kora award’s top male artist in Africa in 2003 and for lifetime achievement.

In 2011, he was named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for southern and eastern Africa.