Oliver Mtukudzi merits double helpings of love, thank you’s and legendary status belt-driven accolades and he’s performing at Oppikoppi Nomakanjani this year.
All too often we heap praise on others to realise our own appetite for self-indulgence. It is at times such as these that words like legend, icon and stalwart are bandied about with no real relevance. On the other hand, sometimes the appreciation and tributes are sincere. This year’s Oppikoppi tribute artist started performing in Zimbabwe in 1977. For those of you who are not good at maths – that’s 41 years of Tuku Tunes.
Oliver Mtukudzi’s husky voice has become the most recognised to emerge from Zimbabwe and onto the international scene and he has earned a devoted following across Africa and beyond.
With no less than 58 albums under the boxing belt (that Wikipedia knows of), Oliver Mtukudzi is a musician who, besides being a respected businessman, philanthropist and human rights activist, continues to tour and perform relentlessly with incomparable style. He has been on several tours in the UK, US and Canada to perform for large audiences.
Oliver Mtukudzi is Zimbabwe’s most renowned and internationally recognised cultural icon of all time. He is the father of five children and also has two grandchildren. Two of his children are also musicians.
The Oppikoppi Boxing Association has been awarding honorees of SA music since 2010:
- Oppikoppi 2010 Sexy. Crooked. Teeth – Valiant Swart
- Oppikoppi 2011 Unknown Brother – David Kramer
- Oppikoppi 2012 Sweet Thing – Vusi Mahlasela
- Oppikoppi 2013 Bewilderbeast – Koos Kombuis
- Oppikoppi 2014 Oddysee – Ollie Viljoen and Hugh Masekela
- Oppikoppi 2015 The Fantastic Mr Vos Vos – Johnny Clegg
- Oppikoppi 2016 The Lovely Young taken to the Unsea – Ready D
- Oppikoppi 2017 Me Now, The Mango Picker – Mafikizolo
Join Oppikoppi Nomakanjani this year and see and a Oliver Mtukudzi and list of guest musicians as praise is heaped on this unfaltering general of Zimbabwe in a special tribute set this year.
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