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"EH, zita ndinonzi Mtukudzi, rekupuhwa ndinonzi Oliver. Nine irish ndeyekuti ngativei tinofara up rino paChristmas, kunyanyanyanya musi wa24. Touya togocha tofara, tiri kuruzeva Pakasimbwi. He's learning to go to me. About 23 km away is the area, which is located in the Pamadziva area and is located in the Pakasimbwi area, where you can visit Katsamvi tofaranuka tiripo ipapo. Tichasheedzawo, kukorokodza bathtub vemuMashonaland Central vanoridza imomo vese. Tenge tichingoridza ipapo tese, tichifara. Ndichakokawo vana vangu vemuno, eat ndataura navo but kana vakasungunuka vanenge varipo, vanaSulu, vanaJah Prayzah, bathtubTocky Vibes maybe naWinky D zvichidaro. Haiyi thysogotha typhifornian mummy pie christmas parks yach, yes, yes, yes.
For those who are not familiar with Shona, the quoted quote above is an open invitation by Dr. Oliver "Tucu" Mukudzi to every Zimbabwean citizen, especially people from Central Mashonaland, from where he is famous; to attend the Christmas party, which should not have changed.
Here he intended to throw a big party in his village where he wanted to give his people a rare treat by inviting the upcoming artists from his province to play along with him other stars such as Jazz Prisza, Suluman Chimbute, Toki Vibes and Winky D.
The above quote is from a conversation I had with Samanja in 2017. I recorded the invitation audio using my phone. We had to spread it, but he stopped me at the last minute. We uploaded the audio to our website www.sundaymail.co.zw, where in his husky voice, Tuku gives instructions to his house, as if speaking from the world there, for everyone and everyone not to be lost when they embark on a trip. to rest today.
This happened in December 2017. In this newspaper, on December 10th that year, an article was published about some of the things we talked about. I went to Pakte Paye Arts Center at Norton at Tuku's invitation for an extraordinary listening session on his 66th album, "Hany & ga-Concern."
I'm not sure how I found these privileges for interviews for lunch or dinner, for recording sessions, videos, and even foreign job-related engagements. He said I was honest. He even trusted me to introduce young journalists to his 61st birthday dinner where I delivered a speech in a crowded hall in Rainbow Towers. When I visited, we talked not only about music but also about his personal life, his dreams and desires, regrets and life in general – from questions of faith to political ideology. He even gave me advice with his wife Daisy, about marriage and the complex relationships in life.
Tuku loved his country house. He longed to return to the tranquility of rural life, and he missed it. At one point, I asked him why, if he felt so connected to his country house, he buried his son Sam in the Warren Hills cemetery in Harare. He replied that Sam was a "city friend"; "His friends are here (Harare), his friend with whom he died (Owen Chimare) is also here. We wanted his friends to have access here because his life was around Harare, "Tuku said. "Well, where do you want to be buried?" I asked, "Pamuşa pangu (in my country house)," he answered without any hesitation, "I am an old man, and I am an old school, I am a boy." Rukuvhute rwangu rurikumusha. I can be buried in the city, this is inappropriate, I would like to be brought to Madzivka, where I have built a beautiful home, you have to come one of these days, it is very nice, quiet and quiet, "Tuku said. 123 km from Harare on the Bindura-Mount Darwin motorway, just before Madziva, the village is called kwa Mutamba.
At the Christmas party in December, Tuku wanted to provide enough meat for everyone to raise a suitable lightning scene and own state-of-the-art PA system. Mtukudzi often invites close friends, music promoters and happy fans to his country house meeting. He wanted a huge Christmas dinner in his household in 2017. Maybe he knew it was his last chance to do it, maybe he suspected that death was around the corner or maybe just a coincidence. The party never materialized unless it has prepared a lot for it, international commitments are on the way.
He told me; "Next year (2018) we definitely do."
When Christmas arrived, Tuku was actually in the hospital. His family and friends went to take him from a private hospital in Harare and took him to Norton, where healing was organized. The young artist, Bryn K, played music from acoustic guitar as the family gathered around the superstar. He was not in his favorite country house in Madzivka, the crowd
was much smaller and intimate than what he meant for his peasant attitude – but it was still a gathering of relatives. After Christmas, Tuku was supposed to be in and out of the hospital until the fateful day, Wednesday, January 23, 2019, when he took his last breath.
Grief struck not only his family, fans, rural neighbors, central Mashonaland, or even Zimbabwe – the world mourns Tukou's death. As we have shown elsewhere in this paper, presidents such as South Africa, Kiril Ramaphos, former heads of state, leading corporations, top businessmen, church leaders, celebrities from all over the world, and music lovers in general have expressed shock and deep sense of loss .
Although today is Tuku's funeral, it is actually a celebration of legend life, as we have seen, heard and read on various media platforms.
Thirteen months after he reconsidered the idea and even started planning, the Tukou countryside is finally here.
Local musicians canceled their concerts for Tuku. At the summit of Sulu, Jah Prayzah, Tocky Vibes and his upcoming artists from Masonalend, Tuku will join Alic Makesso, Baba Charmba, Nicholas Zacharias, Jing Signal, Mbeu, Gary Tate and even South Africa, Ringo Madlingzi and Yvon Chak. many other. He is bigger than he could have imagined.
Tuku makes a 123 km trip to your chosen vacation spot in Madziv. Some people have misinterpreted this as a disregard for the Mukwadzi family's proposal.
Nothing can be further than the truth. The government and family of Mtukudzi just keep Tuku's wishes. This is obviously a departure from the old; the listening government of President Mananga offered the Mukwadzi family everything that gave them a national hero.
From Wednesday, thousands of people have stuffed Tuku's house in Nhowe, Norton. His friends, international artists, politicians, scientists and ordinary music fans have gone down to Harare on his way to Madziva.
Tuku's rural attitude is still under way. The national status of the hero comes with resources, people from Tuku village, although they mourn, can still eat a lot of meat today. They will still drink their favorite drinks and see celebrities and top musicians in their own village. There are many unfulfilled things that Tuku wanted to do musically, for his people and his family. We even had plans together. But we will never make the trip to the Bushfire Festival in Swaziland this year, as we had planned, where it was one of the main acts.
Many festivals had to change their composition, as Tuku has always been pre-booked, but that's life.
After all, the Almighty takes decisions, we just play together. If there is an afterlife, I hope to meet again. I hope he has reunited with his beloved son Sam, his brother Robert, the manager he has spoken to, Jack Sadza and his parents Samson and Jessica.
Rest in the Eternal Peace Samananga. Leave us a lot of music and wonderful memories. We will hold you forever in your hearts, the world will forever remember you. Legends do not die, they live forever. One Love.