Revellers celebrate life of iconic Zimbabwean musician

Source: Xinhua| 2019-02-09 17:21:19|Editor: Xiang Bo
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WINDHOEK, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Revellers from across the southern African region thronged the Warehouse theater in Namibia's capital, Windhoek on Friday night to join a merry band of musicians celebrating the life of iconic Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi who passed away on Jan. 23.

Among the performers who graced the well attended commemoration were Namibia's prolific reggae musician Ras Sheehama, Afro fusion group Mashura with mostly Zimbabwean session musicians, world renowned Namibian artists Elemotho and Jackson Wahengo.

"Let's bow our heads and celebrate the life of Tuku as Mtukudzi was affectionately known," said Sheehama as he was performing and paying tribute to Mtukudzi.

The show was hosted free of charge to all revellers in a bid to attract all of Mtukudzi's fans in Windhoek and the surrounding areas.

The Windhoek event is one of several commemorations planned in the region, with one already held in Johannesburg, South Africa and another slated for Zimbabwe next month.

The Zimbabwe's legendary musician died at the age of 66 in the capital Harare. He suffered from diabetes and was reported to struggle with heart problems that saw him cancelling shows.

Affectionately known by his fans as Tuku, the musician is world acclaimed for his 1993 hit song, Neria, which dealt with challenges widows go through after the death of their husbands.

Mtukudzi recorded 67 albums throughout his illustrious career.

With his distinctive husky voice, Mtukudzi sang in the country's three main languages, Shona, Ndebele and English and boasted a number of hit songs.