Zimbabwe has lost a talented jazz musician and record producer with the passing of Kelly Rusike. Kelly died on Wednesday evening in Harare at the age of (reported age).
Kelly first made a name for himself as part of The Rusike Brothers group along with his brothers. The group enjoyed mainstream success in Zimbabwe during the 1990s, releasing an album and numerous singles.
Kelly went on to pursue his own jazz interests, forming the group Jazz Invitation and performing for royal families in Europe. He shared the stage with legendary Zimbabwean musicians like Oliver Mutukudzi, Jimi Dludlu and Rozalla Miller.
Beyond his musical talents, Kelly owned Shed Studios which created many songs, advertisements and jingles. His studio work helped launch and further careers of other Zimbabwean artists.
Kelly’s contributions over the years as a jazz musician, producer and studio owner rightfully earned him the title of legendary jazz producer. His passing leaves a huge void in Zimbabwe’s rich musical legacy and for the many fans who enjoyed The Rusike Brothers as well as Kelly’s later jazz productions. He will be dearly missed.