Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has declared legendary jazz musician, Oliver Mtukudzi a national hero. The Zimbabwean Government has also announced that it has offered to pay for his funeral and that it is up to the family to accept or decline the offer.
Mthukudzi passed away on Wednesday in a clinic in Harare, after a long illness. Tributes continue to pour in for the legendary musician and Zimbabwean Philanthropist.
I am deeply saddened by the passing of the legend, Oliver Mtukudzi. His music has carried us through some of our darkest and happiest times, it has also united us across borders. I would like to extend my sincere condolences to his family and friends. Zorora murugare, dear Tuku. pic.twitter.com/gc4pwRQLzB
— Jacob G Zuma (@PresJGZuma) January 24, 2019
Mtukudzi was a UNICEF goodwill ambassador for the Southern African Region. He worked with several South African artists including Hugh Masekela and Ringo Madlingozi.