Late music icon Oliver Mtukudzi has been described as a man who contributed to the South African economy through his music. Mtukudzi was celebrated in dance and song at a memorial service in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

The event was aimed at celebrating his life through tribute performances by a number of musicians including two of his daughters.

The Zimbabwean master of song, who was affectionately known as Tuku, died last month after losing a battle with diabetes. He was 66.

Music Promoter Peter Tladi says,”The first time I was introduced to Oliver was through another young friend and little super star called Chiwoniso who I met in Germany. Since that introduction, we’ve never parted ways with Oliver. We keep losing legends and we are deprived of the best entertainment which also makes our economy strong. Say what you want but Oliver contributed to the economy of this country.”

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