Mlindo the Vocalist
Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi – born 22 September 1952 in Highfield, Harare – is a Zimbabwean musician, businessman, philanthropist, human rights activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Southern Africa Region. He is considered Zimbabwe’s most renowned and internationally recognised cultural icon of all time.
Mtukudzi began performing in the year 1977 when he joined the Wagon Wheels band, which also featured Thomas Mapfumo. the band’s single Dzandimomotera went gold and Tuku’s first album followed, which was also a major success. Mtukudzi contributed to Mahube, Southern Africa’s “supergroup”.
With his husky voice, he has become the most recognised voice to emerge from Zimbabwe and onto the international scene and he has earned a devoted following across Africa and beyond. A member of Zimbabwe’s KoreKore group, with Nzou Samanyanga as his totem, he sings in the nation’s dominant Shona language along with Ndebele and English. He also incorporates elements of different musical traditions, giving his music a distinctive style, known to fans as Tuku Music. Mtukudzi has had a number of tours around the world.