Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Sqoop - Get Uganda entertainment news, celebrity gossip, videos and photos
Sqoop – Get Uganda entertainment news, celebrity gossip, videos and photosSqoop – Get Uganda entertainment news, celebrity gossip, videos and photos


Zimbabwe confers ‘national hero’ status to afro-jazz icon Oliver Mtukudzi


Zimbabwean afro-jazz legend Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, who died this week, has been declared a national hero, President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced Thursday — a rare honour for a non-politician.
The internationally-acclaimed star died Wednesday at the age of 66 at a hospital in Harare.
Mnangagwa said the supreme decision-making body of the ruling Zanu-PF party, the politburo, decided unanimously to confer hero status on the singer.

“We have agreed to confer him the national hero status, he is our national hero,” the president announced during a wake at Tuku’s house in the town of Norton, west of the capital Harare.
Mtukudzi became only the second non-politician to be granted the status after university vice-chancellor Phineas Makhurane, who was similarly honoured in December.

National heroes can be buried at Heroes’ Acre, a shrine traditionally reserved for prominent politicians and people who fought in the country’s 1970s liberation war, which Tuku did not.
His song Wasakara, translated as: “You are very old”, stirred controversy as it was seen to be directed at former autocratic leader Robert Mugabe.
The lanky self-taught guitarist was a legend in the vibrant cross-genre music of Afro-jazz, with 66 albums under his belt in a career that spanned 45 years.

His lyrics, delivered through rasping vocals, often carried social messages about HIV/AIDS and alcohol abuse and encouraging self-respect, sometimes invoking proverbs and wisdom from his mother tongue, Shona.


You May Also Like

Four One One

Sony Music artiste Vinka released her track titled One Bite yesterday produced by TON and mastered by Swangz Avenues producer Steve Keys. The melodious...

Four One One

Gospel singer Sam Lukas Lugolobyo aka Levixone has postponed his Mbeera Genesis concert to the 26th of November from the 3rd of September this...

Four One One

In a pursuit to mentor the next breed of journalists, media personality Douglas Lwanga is using his latest innovation, the Purple Skills Klinic Foundation,...

Four One One

Not long ago, we wrote that Jose Chameleone had travelled to the US to spend some time with his family and from the look...