‘Without Tuku a number of musicians would not have made it’: Nicholas Zakaria mourns Mtukudzi


SUNGURA legend Nicholas Zakaria says the late Oliver Mtukudzi was a unifier, who worked hard to see the showbiz industry blossoming.

Zakaria believes without individuals like Tuku, a number of musicians in Zimbabwe would not have achieved their goals.

“He was a unifier; without Tuku a number of musicians would not have made it because he helped a lot of us.

“Now the question is who will help us? Who will give a hand to the upcoming musicians who are yearning to make it in life?” questioned Zakaria.

The musician, popularly known as Madzibaba, said he met Tuku in 1975 as he began his musical career adding that Tuku never changed his attitude towards people until he breathed his last.

“Despite being that accomplished and having made it in life in general, he remained humble. Since I met him in 1975 as I started my career he remained the same Tuku.

“He did not do it to me alone, but to all the musicians. I have met a number of musicians who have testified the same,” said Zakaria.

The musician, who is building his house in Norton, said it was unfortunate that Tuku died before he relocated.

He said when he met Tuku last year, he encouraged him to relocate to Norton as he wanted someone to associate with.

“He had been encouraging me to relocate to Norton. We met last year and he told me that come so that we live close and talk on a number of issues. He wanted us to discuss more on how we can do for the development of the arts industry,” said Zakaria.

— HMetro

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